From the start gun at 1pm on Boxing Day, she literally leapt across the start line a fraction behind 'Ragamuffin Loyal' her main rival for this race, but shot past and raced away down Sydney Harbour and was first out of the Heads by quite a margin, thereby winning the first of the three trophies for this race.
|Wild Oats X1 2012 Sydney Hobart|
Not that the day was trouble free. In the morning, we blew up a sail - an A4 spinnaker. Incredibly, the pressure from the wind blew it out. Then, just as we were putting up another sail, we snapped a halyard. It wasn't drastic, but it was disappointing to have two things go wrong, one after the other.
We were still left sailing into Thursday afternoon cruising at more than 20 knots - even as I wrote this column, we were clocking at 23 to 24 knots.
As for when we expect to arrive in Hobart? Like with the other race leaders, we knew that would depend on when the next changes would arrive.
Everyone was in good health and spirits. We had no injuries and had just had a hearty lunch. And the speciality of the day? Chicken kebabs!'
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