Light winds in Table Bay on Saturday made things difficult for the racing fleet but allowed a huge fleet of pleasure craft to send them off.
Shortly after midday, the 17 yachts headed past Robben Island in a light south-westerly breeze with the 54-foot Prodigy, skippered by Durban’s Chris Frost in the lead. The other big boat in the race, the 63-foot Grand Filou 2, with Richard Fearon at the helm, was fourth.
Prodigy is expected to scoop line honors in about 13 days . The battle for the South Atlantic trophy to determine the overall winner is a four-way scrap between City of Cape Town, a 42-foot Lavranos skippered by 25-year-old Gerry Heggie , the 38-foot Cape Storm skippered bySean Cumming, the Leisure 42 Xtra-Link (Dale Kushner) and Cia Bella, a 35-foot Simonis skippered by Mike Robinson.