Worrell 1000 Reunion Race

Brett White, manager for leaders Team Austalia, takes advantage of Saturday's layday in Tybee Island, Ga., to make improvements and repairs to the catamaran.

After a one-day layoff, the Worrell 1000 Reunion Race gets back on the water this morning for a 70-mile sprint from Tybee Island, Ga., to Isle of Palms, S.C.

Team Australia remained undefeated by winning Friday's 120-mile leg from Jacksonville Beach, Fla., to Tybee in 8 hours, 24 minutes and 29 seconds.

Cat in the Hat continued its run of second-place finishes in 9:12:50, followed by TCDYC in 10:11:20.

Teams used the day to make necessary repairs to their boats and get in a little extra and much-needed rest.

Australia subbed in team manager Brett White for the longest leg of the race because crew member Beau White was suffering from back issues. Beau White will rejoin skipper Rod Waterhouse for today's leg, but the team will be issued a one-hour penalty for using more than one switch of crew members.

That shouldn't cause Australia any issues with its overall lead, which will be cut from approximately 4½ to 3½ hours.

Should Beau White's back issues return and force another crew shift, another hour penalty will be assessed.

Today's leg will start on calm seas with about 10 knots of southwesterly winds, which should make for a good sail up the coast to start out. It's good that the leg is one of the shortest of the event, because some nasty weather is forecast for the coast starting in the afternoon.

Storms that have been wreaking havoc on the Gulf Coast will push off the east coast, bringing gusty winds, rougher seas, lots of rain and the potential for severe thunderstorms.

Lee Tolliver, 757-222-5844, lee.tolliver@pilotonline.com

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