did not start as planned for the 1659 strong fleet with
the start being delayed due to light conditions. At
0700 the wind speed in Cowes was almost to light to
register at just 0.1 knots but conditions improved quickly
and the first fleet got underway at 0740 in a light
The first progress report showed Nuku Hiva as the
first boat to round the needles at 0955 closely followed
by Maximus at 0957 and Nuku Hiva II at 0958. Nokia,
Stay Calm, Leopard Skandia and Oystercatcher rounded
shortly after as the leaders made their way down towards
St Catherine's in a 10 knot south-easterly.
By the time the fleet made its way to St Catherine's
Point conditions had improved yet again with reports
of gusts raging between 11 and 14 knots.