Worrell 1000

Worrell 1000 leaders Team Australia (L) take off from Cocoa Beach, Fla., for a leg to Daytona. Second place Team Cat in the Hat is on the right.

After just three legs in the Worrell 1000 Reunion Race, it's crystal clear that Team Australia is the overwhelming favorite to win the first race up the coast in 17 years.

Australia has a distinct advantage, as skipper Rod Waterhouse is the only member of the three teams that has Worrell 1000 experience. He has won catamaran championships all over the world. Along with crew Beau White, Australia flew up the coast Wednesday at a little more than 20 mph, taking the time at one point to shoot a selfie video that was posted on the race's Facebook page.

Australia finished the 75-mile leg from Cocoa Beach, Fla., to Daytona in 4 hours, 27 minutes and 52 seconds, again finishing ahead of Cat in the Hat with a time of 5:09:48. Team TCDYC brought up the rear again, after more mechanical issues, in 7:20:58 — its best leg by far despite the issues it has experienced on every leg.

Australia's overall time is 16:56:14, with Cat in the Hat at 20:08:51 and TCDYC at 27:01:47.

Today's leg gets the race nearly out of Florida, with the three entries leaving Daytona at approximately 10 a.m. for a 90-stretch to Jacksonville Beach.

The race concludes May 18 on the Sand at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

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

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