how could I understand the sentence below
Both these ships set out from shanghai on june 18th,1872 on an exciting race to england.
how should I understand"on an exciting race".
the word of the translater which said: they held an exciting race during the sailing.but I can't understand.
if let me write the sentence,I'll say:
both these ships set out from shanghai to english on june 18th,1872,during the journey,they held an exciting race.
how should I understand,how?~?