New World Race underway
After a rousing rendition of La Marseillaise played by the navy brass band, the four yachts set off up the River Ozama to the start. Four? As predicted Belgium skipper Patrick de Radigues on board Garnier was a no-show taking the entry list to just four boats in this race.
The gun went at 1200 local time in a northeasterly 15-20 knot wind. Inevitably it was Roland Jourdain on board race favourite Sill who got off to the best start and pulled away into the lead followed by Miranda Merron on Dominican UUDS-Republic.
Over this afternoon and tonight the boats passage between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico was likely see the wind veer from due north to the north east due to the effect of a high pressure system over the southeast of the States. From here the boats must sail the 2,500 miles to the first waypoint in the Azores.
There are at present no positions available.