Hempel Gosford-Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - Tactical sailing ahead

Hempel Gosford-Lord Howe Island Yacht Race 2013 - Alegria V start Hempel 2013
Ashleigh Evans
Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race 2013 - Competitors are making slow progress in the race and the fleet is starting to spread out as tacticians try to thread their way through the light and variable breezes.

As of 0730 Sunday morning, Alegria V has moved into the lead for Line Honours, while Southern Excellence II has headed south looking to pick up a southerly airstream.

Both have covered around 100 miles of the 416nm race distance and averaged a little over 5.5 knots, but are well apart on the racetrack.

A high pressure system is dominating the NSW East Coast and will continue to do so for the next 2-3 days, making for a long and tedious slog across the southern Tasman sea.

Overnight, the overall placings for IRC have changed hour by hour but one constant in the mix has been Roger Hickman’s Wild Rose.

Hicko has maintained a top 3 position since the turning mark at Terrigal and currently leads the race from Alegria V and Rob Reynold’s DK46 Exile.

Today will make for intriguing viewing and followers can keep up to date by using the Yellowbrick App or by heading to the Gosford Sailing Club website.

Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race 2013