The annual Hobie longhaul between Durban and Richards Bay started with the no-spinnaker cats leaving Vetchies Pier in Durban at 06h00. The spinnaker cats leave at 08h00 – about 15 minutes from now.
It appears as if they have ideal conditions with about 15 knots from the SSW – and which may build during the day.
There is talk of the course being shortened at the halfway mark if the wind gets up too strong.
After almost 2 hours of racing, Wayne Smith, Justin Butler, Dave (no surname) and the Clint du Toit approach the Verulam Beach area. Wayne Smith is the closest inshore and the others quite a lot further out to sea.
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