The Amazing Race 18 Leg 1
|Starting Line||San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm|
|Pit Stop||Shelly Beach|
|Winners||Gary & Mallory|
|Last Place||Jet & Cord|
Leg One of The Amazing Race 18 saw teams race from the United States to Australia. It was filmed between November 20-22, 2010 and first aired in the USA on February 20, 2011 and in Canada on February 27.
San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm
- Palm Springs, California, United States of America
- Starting Line
The race began with Phil welcoming the eleven teams with unfinished business, preparing them for their second journey, and shouting "Go!" Teams then had to search through a field containing hundreds of paper airplanes with various words written on them for one matching the clue "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services", and had to figure out that this was a reference to Qantas. Once teams presented a correct airplane to Phil, he would give them their first clue and tickets for one of two flights. The last team to complete the task would be faced with an Automatic U-Turn in the very first Detour they'll encounter along the race course.
Los Angeles International Airport
- Los Angeles
- Distance: 105 miles
Teams were given tickets to one of two Qantas flights. The first eight teams to complete the Starting Line task would depart 90 minutes ahead of the last three teams.
- Sydney, Australia
- Distance: 7488 miles
International Railway Station
- Distance: 1.42 miles
Teams had to travel by metro train to reach Sydney proper.
Circular Quay Railway Station
- Distance: 5.67 miles
Circular Quay Wharf
- Distance: 0.52 miles
Teams would then travel by Sydney Ferries across the harbour to their ultimate destination for this leg of the race.
- Distance: 5.93 miles
- Distance: 0.19 miles
Roadblock: When teams finally arrived at this popular aquarium, they encountered a Roadblock. Who's ready to get tanked? The chosen team member would have to put on scuba gear and go diving into the shark tank. They would retrieve an antique compass that was decorated with a decoder key. Once back at the surface, they had to use the compass to decode a secret message written in nautical flags. If they proceeded to their next destination and told the commodore the correct password, "I am Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea", they would receive their next clue.
- Amanda, Flight Time, Mallory, Cara, Jet, Vyxsin, Kisha, Margie, Mel, Christina, Justin
Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club
- Distance: 0.35 miles
Teams would then join a sailing crew and had to sail a skiff boat across the bay, guiding it through a series of buoys, to receive their next clue.
- Distance: 0.77 miles
Pit Stop: The first team to arrive would win the Express Pass. This was a No-Rest Pit Stop, and teams were immediately handed their next clue and told to continue racing. The last team did not receive any penalty.
|Gary & Mallory||1st||10th||A||A||A||1st||1st||1st||1st||1st||Gary 0, Mallory 1|
|Amanda & Kris||1st||11th∪||3rd||3rd||3rd||2nd||2nd||Amanda 1, Kris 0|
|Kisha & Jen||1st||9th||2nd||2nd||2nd||3rd||3rd||Kisha 1, Jen 0|
|Zev & Justin||1st||2nd||B||B||B||6th||4th||4th||4th||4th||Zev 0, Justin 1|
|Flight Time & Big Easy||1st||6th||5th||5th||5th||5th||5th||Flight Time 1, Big Easy 0|
|Jaime & Cara||1st||8th||7th||8th||6th||6th||6th||Jaime 0, Cara 1|
|Margie & Luke||1st||7th||4th||9th||8th||7th||7th||Margie 1, Luke 0|
|Ron & Christina||1st||5th||C||C||9th||6th||7th||8th||8th||Ron 0, Christina 1|
|Mel & Mike||1st||1st||10th||7th||9th||9th||9th||Mel 1, Mike 0|
|Kent & Vyxsin||1st||4th||B||B||8th||10th||10th||10th||10th||Kent 0, Vyxsin 1|
|Jet & Cord||1st||3rd||C||D||11th||11th||11th||11th||11th||Jet 1, Cord 0|
- A bold team member in the Roadblock count indicates the team member who completed this leg's Roadblock.
- An orange ∪ indicates that the team was penalized for finishing last in the Starting Line task and would have to perform the Automatic U-Turn.
- An underlined blue team's placement indicates that the team came in last on a no-rest leg.
|The Amazing Race 18|
|Legs||1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12|
|Countries||United States • Australia • Japan • China • India • Austria • Liechtenstein • Switzerland • Brazil|
|Teams||Amanda & Kris • Flight Time & Big Easy • Gary & Mallory • Jaime & Cara • Jet & Cord • Kent & Vyxsin • Kisha & Jen • Margie & Luke • Mel & Mike • Ron & Christina • Zev & Justin|