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Thursday 1st March 2018

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An incredibly fast day of racing through the Fiordland bush on day one of Chapter 7 has put the lead teams up to 8 hours ahead of the Race Directors’ projected times. Teams Swordfox and Yealands Family Wines are reaching the 140m abseil site on the Borland at 7 pm instead of the estimated 3 am.
Course Director Adam Fairmaid says the teams are in full race mode. “It’s great to see we have real competition at the front. Our expectation with the course being longer is that teams would adjust their racing pace, but that’s not the case, and it looks like they are cracking into it. I think its partly due to the paddle across Lake Hakapoua and down the Wairaurahiri River coming up (with a dark zone) and they are keen to get a march on the other teams.”
Fairmaid says he expects the pace will slow over the next couple of days but right now front-running teams are working their own strategies hard out and the next 24 hours will make for compelling viewing.
” The three leaders have opened up a substantial gap on the rest of the field already but the question is will it be sustainable?”

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