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Global Ocean Race Leg 5 - Start
by Oliver Dewar
19 May 2012
Upwind start in the Gulf Stream for the final leg of the GOR
At 10:30 local time (14:30 GMT) on Saturday 19 May, the four remaining Global Ocean Race (GOR) Class40s from the original fleet of six boats crossed the start line in Charleston, South Carolina, and set off on the 3,600-mile Leg 5 to the finish line in Les Sables d'Olonne, France.
Motoring out of their base in the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina at Patriot's Point, the four double-handed boats gathered in the Cooper River south of the Ravenel Bridge and north of the start line stretching from a flagpole mounted on Charleston's Waterfront Park pier to a Committee Boat anchored west of the northern tip of Shutes Folly Island.
In 13-15 knots of north-easterly wind, the South African duo of Phillippa Hutton-Squire and Nick Leggatt were first across the line with Class40 Phesheya-Racing heading south, leaving the golden sand of Shutes Folly and the 200-year-old, American Civil War artillery position and prisoner-of-war camp, Castle Pinckney, at the island's southern tip to port.
As the fleet rounded the channel marker near Pitts Shoal in the Southern Channel, the Kiwi-Australian duo of Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough took pole position with their Akilaria RC2 Cessna Citation, leading the fleet out of Charleston Harbour between Fort Sumter to the west and Fort Moultrie on Sullivans Island to the east with Phesheya-Racing in second place; the Dutch father-and-son duo of Nico and Frans Budel in third with Sec. Hayai and the Italian-Slovak team of Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo in fourth with Financial Crisis.
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