Top two to take a crack at San Fernando record

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 March, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 March, 1997, 12:00am

French catamaran, Pesket An Eol, and Nelson Maerk 68, Ffree Fire, are expected to vie for line honours in this week's biennial San Fernando Race.

Race organiser Vic Locke said the two boats could challenge the eight-year-old record of two days, two hours and two minutes, set by maxi Rothmans, if the winds are strong enough.

Locke said: 'It should be an interesting battle between the two. The record was set eight years ago and, depending on the wind conditions, the two boats could come close.' Pesket An Eol, an Outremer design skippered by Marc Cudennec, is the only boat in the multi-hull category while Sam Chan's Ffree Fire is up against 14 other boats in the CHS Division.

Altogether, 37 boats have entered the race. The fleet will set sail at noon tomorrow off Clearwater Bay.

The race will also feature, for the last time, a boat from the Royal Navy base in Hong Kong.

Locke said that after Hong Kong reverts to Chinese rule, he hoped mainland navy boats would be able to compete in the race, which this year celebrates its 11th anniversary.

The 1997 race already has three Chinese crews taking part.

Dr Y. K. Szeto will skipper Warwick 46, Tipsy Too, with Bavaria 35, Holiday, and Northshore 38, Temujin, also featuring Chinese crews.