The first leg of the Yellow Sea International Yacht Race is now complete. The first boat to cross the line of the 210 nautical mile leg was Team Irene who finished after two days at sea on the afternoon of the 13th. This was due to the lack of wind during the first night, which made the pace of the race drop significantly.
The wind ranged from zero to 30 knots and, in combination with heavy rain and fog, the leg would be one to remember. That is especially so for Edeler Stern who faced gear failure when their rudder, during the heavy storm, was damaged and had to be fixed on the water. Fortunately, all boats finished properly in Weihai, with Irene claiming first place in front of Weihai Ivy and Uminoko who finished second and third respectively.
Tomorrow, an inshore race is scheduled in front of the city (and next to Liugong Island) that will attract hundreds of spectators.