Setting sail from Cuba

Colin de Mowbray sends this report from Havana

Saturday December 14th 2002, Author: Colin de Mowbray, Location: Caribbean
At 12:15 (local time) Commodore José Escrich fired his own private cannon on the beach at Marina Hemingway, marking the start of the third race in the Clipper 2002 series from Cuba to the port of Colon (Panama).

The conditions were ideal and all eight boats had a good start towards Havana before rounding the windward mark and setting off to the west.

Bristol Clipper once again had the best start followed by Liverpool and Jersey, but it was Simon Rowell in Jersey that got to the windward mark first.

The order at the windward mark was:
1. Jersey
2. Bristol
3. Liverpool
4. Cape Town
5. New York
6. London
7. Glasgow
8. Hong Kong

The crews will be enjoying some fast sailing in fair wind and bright sunlight. What a way to end a great visit to this friendly country!

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