Terremoto took a slight lead among the racing-class boats during the first full day of competition in the 23rd annual Victoria-to-Maui International Yacht Race, sailing just ahead of Double Take as of 6 p.m. HST on Sunday.
Terremoto was slightly west and south of Double Take, more than 270 nautical miles from the starting line in British Columbia and roughly 2,086 nautical miles from the finish line in the waters off Honokowai - good for a lead of more than seven nautical miles.
Terremoto is skippered by Bill Weinstein. The yacht took first-to-finish honors in the 2010 edition of the biennial race with skipper Scott Burbank.
Double Take, skippered by Tom Huseby, had been the first racing-class boat to leave the Strait of Juan de Fuca and enter the Pacific Ocean. In the corrected-time competition, Double Take will concede hours to every boat but Incantation, which was in 10th place.
The overall leader remained Ballymack, part of the slower cruising class that left Thursday. Skipper Mike Cormack, whose boat also will get the greatest advantage in corrected time, was less than 1,900 nautical miles from the finish line.
In second place was Radiance, skippered by Mark Ward - a third of a degree south of Ballymack, but more that two degrees east, and 1,975 nautical miles from the finish.
A nautical mile is slightly more than 1.15 statue miles, the measure used on land. The race requires sailing a minimum of 2,308 nautical miles, and the first finishers are expected on approximately July 20.