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Saturday, December 26, 2009   (Image © Daniel Forster)
Covered sky and a 10-12 kn breeze welcomed the 100 teams at the start of the Sydney-Hobart Race this morning. Already during the first downwind leg leaving the Sydney Harbour, the super-maxi 'Ethihead' was in troubles hoisting the spinaker. Apparently, the spare mast flown in from France did not function properly, and the team abandoned the race after a few minutes.
The fleet is now sailing on the open sea with the English 'ICAP Leopard' leading on an upwind leg going South with an advantage of 0,9 miles on 'Alfa Romeo' and 1,8 miles on 'Wild Oats XI'. The highest rated favorites are making the pace, and several changes in the lead will follow in the next few hours, as 'Alfa Romeo' and Wild Oats' on more easterly positions will touch a fresher breeze first. The race-tracker and the latest news on the official website.

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