SAILING into a prevailing north-easterly wind overnight has meant it's slow going in the 31st Pittwater to Coffs Harbour yacht race.
The maximum speeds reached by the fleet of 43 vessels has been approximately eight knots but when the sun rose it revealed that the bright green hull of Future Shock was leading the race for line honours.
At 7am on Tuesday morning, Craig Ellis' Elliot 57 was the first to pass Forster and Tuncurry.
Overnight she has built more than a four nautical mile lead over the biggest yacht in the fleet, Bruce Absolon's Volvo 60 Spirit of the Maid.
A stationary high covering the Tasman Sea means that north-east winds will prevail for the entire 226 nautical mile journey up the Mid North Coast.
Due to the slow going it means that the first boat over the finish line isn't expected to be seen at Coffs Harbour's marina until after midnight.
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