Robert Knight's DK52 Drumstick is off and running in the San Fernando race, which started in smooth waters yesterday. It's the first staging of the biennial event in four years as the 2003 race was cancelled due to Sars. Twenty-five yachts competing in three different categories set off from Junk Bay near Sai Kung at noon. They will sail across 480 nautical miles to San Fernando in the Philippines. Two years ago the race was called off when officials from the Philippines withdrew permission for any boat from Hong Kong to land at San Fernando because of Sars. In 2001, Benoit Lesaffre's Atmosphere grabbed line honours in a record-breaking two days, two hours and two minutes. The first yacht to cross the finishing line will be awarded the trophy for line honours (donated by the South China Morning Post) and a trophy will also be awarded to the winner on corrected time. Organisers hope to raise about $180,000 for the Full Gospel Faith Temple Orphanage in San Fernando. The race first began in 1977 and is an official leg of the Clipper Round The World Race, and part of the Asian Yachting Circuit.