Race 8 in the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race series is underway after a start in 15 knots of breeze off Honolulu on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
Nova Scotia was the first of eight internationally-backed yachts to cross the start line at the western end of Waikiki Beach, before racing along the shore towards Diamond Head and out into the Pacific Ocean at the beginning of the 2,080-mile race to Santa Cruz, California. Durban 2010 and Beyond and westernaustralia2011.com did not make the start line as work continues on their new masts.
The Canadian entry was followed across the start line by Uniquely Singapore and Jamaica, the only yacht to start on a starboard tack, and Qingdao who squeezed out rivals Hull & Humber forcing them round again. New York, Liverpool 08, Glasgow: Scotland with style Clipper and Hull & Humber completed the order over the line, approximately two minutes after the start horn was sounded at 11:30 local (21:30 GMT).
The crews have had a longer than expected stopover in Honolulu after race organiser, Clipper Ventures, took the decision to replace some rigging fittings across the rest of the fleet following the dismasting of two yachts, westernaustralia2011.com and Durban 2010 and Beyond, during the Pacific Ocean race from Qingdao, China. The work was completed yesterday and all eight teams headed out of the Ala Wai Harbor for short test sails to check their rigs and to get back into an ocean racing frame of mind.
Waikiki Yacht Club and Hawaii Yacht Club's Commodores, Michael Roth and Frank E. Lang, respectively, assisted the Race Director for the morning's start.