MILLENNIUM capitalised on her revolutionary shifting water ballast system to hold off early leader Stormvogel in the light conditions and take line honours in the China Sea Race at Manila Bay yesterday. Frank Pong's new Whitbread 40, which can completely drain her water ballast in light conditions, finished well clear of Stormvogel but some four hours outside Nirvana's 10-year-old record of 79 hours, 23 minutes and 13 seconds. Stormvogel, owned by Italian businessman Ermanno Traverso, led by as much as 23 nautical miles half-way through the race from Hong Kong to Manila but the 73-foot ketch was overhauled by Millennium approaching the Philippines. Millennium was one mile ahead with 61 miles to travel and fared better in the variable inshore conditions for a convincing victory, with Stormvogel struggling across the line more than an hour behind. Vida, a 51-foot Beneteau skippered by Manila Yacht Club member Ray Ordoveza, finished strongly for third place and currently tops the CHS handicap results. Keith Jacobs' Dubois 43 Bimblegumbie held on to cross the finish line in fourth position ahead of J-Hawk, Henry Thornton's J-44. Intrigue, Dr Ian Nicholson's Banner 41, also came through on the last of the overnight breeze to leave a large gap back to Wizard. Steve Ellis' IMX 38 Wizard is lying in second position for CHS handicap honours with Intrigue third, but this could change when some of the smaller boats finish. At the time of going to press the only other boat to have finished was John Vause and Graham Kirby's Ruby Tuesday.