Although the German maxi Morning Glory and the Swedish trimaran Nicator are competing in two different categories and under two separate handicap systems, all eyes were on them at the start. But it was the dark horse Brazilian catamaran Adrenalina Pura who took the honours around the first buoy. Another German entry Diel, skippered by Bernard Diebold and with a crew of six pupils from Reddam House were over the line in second place followed by Morning Glory, who had to tack towards the second mark. There were several close encounters as spectator craft made negotiation of the buoys fairly difficult.
The trimaran, skippered by Swedish Volvo Ocean Race veteran Klabbe Nylöf veered off after the first buoy towards Granger Bay where she picked up fresh breeze and quickly disappeared towards the horizon. Morning Glory followed on a similar course and quickly showed why she is considered favourite for the record chase in the mono-hull category.
Within minutes she had reach speeds of over nine knots and was lost from sight. The Madiba Racing Team suffered an early setback when they broke their pole minutes after the start. Her support yacht from the Ocean Sailing Academy swopped a pole with her while in the bay and send the Dutch fundraising campaign on its way.
The blessing of the fleet took place at 11h30 before Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Valli Moosa handed over a scroll containing a report back on the 2002 World Summit.
Skipper Derek Shuttleworth of the yacht inspia!2041 will be presenting the scroll to the Brazilian Minister of Environment Mrs Maria Silva on their arrival in the Carnival City.
The first fleet are now more than a 1000 miles from Cape Town with Gawie Fagan still leading his class and the Port Elizabeth yacht Inyoni in first place in Class C.
POSITIONS OF 1ST FLEET
1.SUIDOOS 2,Gawie agan,25deg4.0S,5.0degW,1100miles,133.2miles,5.55knots
2. KONICA/MALLINICKS INDABA, John Levin,25deg36.0S,1deg18.0E,1020,125.5,5.23
3. JULIE III,Robin Green,27deg12.0S,2deg42.0E,905,104.0,4.33
4. FTI FLYER,Keith Mattison,29deg27.0S,2deg20.0E,863,91.6,3.82
5. SAFARI - CTW,David Tideswell,29deg59.0S,3deg47.0E,781
1.INYONI,HI Ferreira,27deg42.0S,3deg23.0EN, 859,106.0,4.42
2.NAUTY 40S,Falk Graser,28deg28.0 S,3deg17.0E,842,80.4,3.35
3.AQUILA,Jon Thurlow,26deg59.0S,3deg7.0E, 893,113.7,4.74
5.ACALANTIS,M Tattavitto,29edg14.0S,5deg11.0EN, 732,105.5,4.40
6.CUMIN THRU,Alexander Smith, 28deg38.0S,9deg8.0E,571