Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

ANZ Sail Fiji- 30 Days to go to start - entries still being accepted

by Suellen Hurling on 7 May 2014
Karl Kwok’s Beau Geste - Day 3, 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi http://www.carloborlenghi.net
In 30 short days Royal Akarana Yacht Club will fire an almighty big cannon to officially start their 22nd race to Fiji – ANZ Sail Fiji.

Entries close on Sunday 11 May and to date the fleet numbers sit at 19 racing and two cruising.

Amongst those 19 in the racing fleet are crowd favourites Giacomo (Jim Delegat) and Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) who last lined up together at the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

Beau Geste pipped Giacomo at the post with just 100 meters to go, to cross the line one minute at six seconds ahead. After 628 miles it truly was a spectacular way to finish Australia’s premier race.

But the ANZ Sail Fiji Race is a 1,100 nautical miles taking the fleet from Auckland to Denarau, an ocean crossing where everything is possible and anything can happen.

Gavin Brady, skipper of Beau Geste says that although they managed to get one over Giacomo in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, that didn’t mean anything for the ANZ Sail Fiji challenge.

'The guys on Giacomo have been racing their boat a lot more than we have, they would clearly have to be the favourite and we (Beau Geste) is going to have to sail extremely well to stay with them,' said Brady.

'Giacomo is a tried and tested boat having won the Volvo Ocean Race, and it’s a boat that is built for these kinds of races so we believe that they will be setting the benchmark. But it’s a long race! Who knows what will happen in the end.


'At the moment we are focusing on getting the Beau Geste systems back in place. The boat is currently at Cookson’s getting double and triple checked before she goes back in the water for crew training before race day,' said Brady.

Three boats have entered ANZ Sail Fiji within the last few days. Surreal (Beneteau 47.7), V5 (TP52) and Vamos (TP5) which has shaped the fleet up nicely. A great mix of boats across the board will provide plenty of fleet in fleet races, especially amongst the 50 footers.

The only three maned crew Ilemanja consists of three generations of yachtsman. Steve Henry, owner and skipper of the Peterson 40 designed yacht, is racing to Fiji with his father, and son.

One of the smaller boats in the fleet, the Elliott 35 SS Crusader 35 (Anthony Leighs) has just completed their 250 nautical mile qualifying leg to ensure the boat and crew are ready for the challenge that awaits them.

The canting keeler has been a regular on the Auckland racing scene since being launched in 2012, but ANZ Sail Fiji will be their longest race to date.

Boat captain Brett Elliott says that the crew are excited about the race, especially after their 'awesome' rides during the qualifier.

'Unfortunately we had some issues with our instruments, but we think we saw about 30 knots of breeze and hit around 22 knots of boat speed.


'The boat handled it really well and we are definitely looking forward to the race. Now though we need to make sure everything is ready to go. We need to sort out the instruments and get a keel and rig check before our Category 1 sign off, but then we’re all good to go,' said Elliott.

Josh Tucker, a local identity on the Auckland racing scene is a crew member on Crusader 35 for ANZ Sail Fiji and was on board during the qualifier.

'It was awesome! Epic! I can’t wait for the race. We’re a great bunch of mates on a great boat. Bring it on!' said Tucker.

The racing fleet will start the ANZ Sail Fiji race on Saturday 7th June at 1pm.

Wildwind 2016 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82

Related Articles

Gladwell's Line - Oh, and by the way we won a million dollars
Sailing history has been made by a New Zealand crew in winning the richest prize ever offered in sailing July 11, 2016 - Sailing history has been made by the New Zealand crew of Phil Robertson, Stu Dodson, Will Tiller and James Wierzbowski in winning the richest prize ever offered in sailing - $US1million (NZD $1.37m), with their nail-biting win in the World Match Racing Championships in Sweden.
Posted on 14 Jul
Rio 2016 - Yachting New Zealand defends Olympic selection practices
Yachting New Zealand has responded to wide-spread international criticism of its selection practices Yachting New Zealand has responded to wide-spread international criticism of its selection practices and criticism by the Chairman of the NZ Sports Disputes Tribunal, Sir Bruce Robertson of the way it treated two Olympic sailors after they had qualified New Zealand for the 2016 Olympic sailing regatta at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in santander in September 2014.
Posted on 9 Jun
Gladwell's Line - Olympic Appeal over in NZ but hotting up in Oz
The 2016 New Zealand Olympic selection process came to an end on Monday night in Auckland The 2016 New Zealand Olympic selection process came to an end on Monday night in Auckland with the announcement at the end of a Mediation Hearing by the Chairman of the Sports Disputes Tribunal, Sir Bruce Robertson, that he would not overturn the two non-selection decisions by Yachting New Zealand.
Posted on 2 Jun
Rio 2016 - Murdoch confirms that he won't Appeal tight selection call
Double Olympian Andrew Murdoch has confirmed that he will not Appeal the decision of the Yachting New Zealand selectors Double Olympian Andrew Murdoch has confirmed that he will not Appeal the decision of the Yachting New Zealand selectors who gave the nod for Rio 2016 to Josh Junior, who will be on his first Olympic regatta. 'I don't think I would get a result in my favour out of the back end of it,' Murdoch told Radio Sport. ït would also hinder Josh's preparation as well.'
Posted on 12 May
Olympic board sailor lashes out as Spanish hope for Olympic windfall
2012 Olympian JP Tobin has hit out at Yachting New Zealand's selection policy for Rio 2012 Olympian JP Tobin has hit out at Yachting New Zealand's selection policy for Rio that has left the boardsailing classes vacant for August's Games, according to a story published on the stuff.co.nz website. The online news arm of Fairfax media has picked up comments from Tobin's Facebook page.
Posted on 12 May
Rio 2016 - Yachting NZ fails to nominate in three Qualified Classes
Yachting NZ have only nominated two sailors in a second tranche of 2016 Olympic selections for five qualified places. Yachting New Zealand have only nominated two sailors in a second tranche of 2016 Olympic selections for five qualified places. Two singlehanded sailors have been added to the Kiwi Olympic team in the two Mens singlehanded classes - the Finn and Laser. Appeals are being lodged today by two sailors in the Womens events.
Posted on 10 May
Will NZ's most successful Olympic Sailing event cop the Selection axe?
New Zealand qualified in all ten of the 2016 Olympic events at the first round of Qualifying in Santander Spain New Zealand qualified in all ten of the 2016 Olympic events at the first round of Qualifying in Santander Spain in September 2014. In two of those the RS:X Windsurfing event, New Zealand is unlikely to be represented in the Men's event, and in the Women's event, Natalia Kosinska would appear to be a borderline selection.
Posted on 2 May
Sailing World Cup Hyeres - First leg lottery dictates RSX leaderboard
2016 Olympic aspirant Natalia Kosinska had another trying day at the Sailing World Cup Hyeres 2016 Olympic aspirant Natalia Kosinska (NZL) had another character-testing day at the Sailing World Cup Hyeres in the Women's RSX Windsurfer. However, she moved up the leader board to lie 28th overall in the 40 strong fleet and placed ninth in the first race of Day 2.
Posted on 29 Apr
Gladwell's Line - Strong team but is Yachting's policy too extreme?
On Monday morning the New Zealand Olympic Committee announced a team of ten sailors to compete in five double-handers On Monday morning the New Zealand Olympic Committee announced a team of ten sailors to compete in five events at the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. However despite qualifying in all ten Olympic classes, will only seven be sent?
Posted on 14 Mar
NZL Sailing Team - Three World Champions named in five events for Rio
The NZ Olympic Committee have announced a team of ten sailors to contest five events The NZ Olympic Committee have announced a team of ten sailors to contest five events, this morning at Wakatere Boating Club on Auckland's North Shore. Three of the crews named have won world championships in the current Olympic cycle in their respective classes.
Posted on 13 Mar