Randy Smyth of Huntington Beach and Jim Hill of San Francisco hold a slim lead over an 11-boat field after the first day of the Pacific 1000 catamaran race.
Starting at noon in Long Beach, Smyth and Hill traveled the 57-mile course to Catalina in a time of 4 hours and 37 minutes, two minutes ahead of second-place Greg Richardson of Myrtle Beach and Roy Seaman of Malibu (4:39).
Smyth won a silver medal in the 1984 Olympic tornado class. After racing closely with Richardson and Seaman, Smyth and Hill finally pushed out to their lead in the last 10 miles.
George DelBianco of Madera, Calif., and Mike Checketts of Fresno were third, finishing in 4:42.05, just ahead of Larry Harteck and Eric Brinton (4:42.54).