19 Jul 2004
Hydroflow finishes in 92 hours 58 minutes and 14 seconds. Hydroflow crossed the finish line in Noumea under blue skies in perfect sailing conditions of a warm 15 knot ESE breeze. Skipper Ron Brittain dearly wanted to beat Bare Essentials but the earlier decision to be relatively east cost dearly as the wind become more easterly and lighter in the closing stages of the race. The elapsed time of 92 hours 58 minutes 14 seconds is well inside the 96 hour mark for the Lindauer Purse and an enormous improvement on his previous personal best of 111 hours 17 minutes 14 seconds set in 2002.