sail-world.com -- Auckland Suva race: Boats make good time in first hours of ocean race
Auckland Suva race: Boats make good time in first hours of ocean race
Sat, 1 Jun 2013
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron's Auckland to Musket Cove Ocean Race departed today in ideal conditions and a row of brightly coloured spinnakers.
The breeze was under ten knots, and seas were flat, making for a pleasant start to the 1,150 nautical mile race.
V5 was the first across the line but the line honours favourite, TeamVodafoneSailing, made a running start and had put distance on the fleet even before it reached Devonport. The smallest boat in the fleet, Squealer, enjoyed the light conditions, and maintained a lead on the other big boats in the early part of the race.
At 1545hrs on Saturday afternoon, the PredictWind trackers tell us that TeamVodafone was located to the East of Omaha Bay, doing over 16 knots and heading directly North.
'We have got a nice 9-12 knots of breeze and we just gybed to head towards Little Barrier,' says crewman Stu MacKinven. 'We are getting a long at a nice 10-13 knots, as we just spotted our first golden sandy beach.'
In second place, V5 was off the South Eastern corner of Kawau Island, 3.1nm ahead of Equilibrium, who had headed further out to sea, and Wildcard. Squealer was doing 9.1 knots and taking a similar line to Equilibrium, and Outrageous Fortune was further out to sea.
All of the boats have over 1,100 nautical miles left to sail.
Vision, the Ganley Cruiser that started on Wednesday, is nearly at the halfway point.
The race is supported by Manson Anchors, PredictWind.com, and TNL GAC Pindar.
TeamVodafone is expected to arrive in Musket Cove at between three and four days. To establish a new record, it must complete the race in less than 103 hours, 20 minutes and 57 seconds - the time it set in the 2011 edition of the race. However, the keelboats will need to finish in 103 hours, 38 minutes and 16 seconds to set a new monohull record.
Onesails.com - Workforce
OneSails is the culmination of over 35 years of experience accumulated by our team in design and technology applied to sail-making. [More info]
GME Standard Communications Pty Ltd
Leaders in communications and navigation. Their goal has always been to make products whose innovation, convenience and peace of mind can help improve the lives of their customers. [More info]
Performance Sailcraft Australia (Asia Pacific)
Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia has taken on the successful RS Sailboat range from Britain, and is now licensed to build and distribute all of the RS range in the Asia Pacific region. [More info]
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
The Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) is an annual four-day event which attracts buyers and marine industry representatives from across Australia and around the globe. [More info]
Sydney Rigging Specialists
Sydney Rigging Specialists is a leading company in the supply of yacht rigging, cordage, marine fittings and accessories. We are based in Sydney and work from our specially fitted out rigging shop. [More info]
Vicsail Sydney Pty Ltd, launched into the Australian sailing fraternity in 1983 and has been sailing strong ever since. At Vicsail, “We Sail the Boats We Sell”. [More info]