News reports of the start appeared in British newspapers from 11 June, when the Pall Mall Gazette carried a list of the first four starters, and names of the rest of the ships waiting to sail. The only additional information was that "the betting at Hong Kong runs very high". This was copied widely in other newspapers. From the timing of publication, one must presume that this news was delivered using the overland telegraph route from Galle in Sri Lanka.
News by mail was reported on 10 August, giving start dates and the dates of passing Anjer, on the southern side of the Straits of Sunda.
The next reports were of Ariel and Taeping heading up the English Channel, followed by very many reports of the finish in varying degrees of detail.