Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Auckland to Fiji Race- TeamVodafoneSailing now making good time

by Richard Gladwell on 2 Jun 2013
TeamVodafoneSailing - Start Auckland Suva Race, 2013 © Richard Gladwell www.photosport.co.nz

TeamVodafonesailing, the ORMA 60 trimaran skippered by Simon Hull is now making good time heading for Musket Cove in Fiji, in the Auckland to Fiji race which started on Saturday at noon.

She is now sailing in winds of 22kts and making 20kts of boat speed having left Auckland almost 24 hours ago.

Winds were light for the early stages of the race, with the boats being shown as being down to speed of 4kts in the middle of the first night.

The TP52, V5 (David Nathan) is the lead monohull with Equilibrium (Graham Matthews) in third place. V5 is 981nm from the finish, as at 1100hrs on June 2, 2013

As the boats head north the winds are increasing, with V5 now sailing at 11kts in 13kts of breeze - still a lot less than TeamVodafoneSailing.

It is not known at this stage as to the situation with the record. The negative being the slow start, but on the positive side the boats are all very close to the Great Circle route (the shortest distance between Auckland and Fiji), and the breeze seems to be good on a fast angle.

To the east and north there are stronger winds from a tropical depression, however this is expected to skirt the fleet, and they will head to the west to avoid the worst of it.

At this stage of the race the boats would normally head east looking for the SE Trades, to get a slingshot ride into Fiji on the final days of the race. The depression, if it moves through quickly could be a real bonus for the fleet, through being able to stay close to the GC route for the whole race.

Race tracking can be followed on the link from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron homepage www.rnzys.org.nz
upffront 660x82Naiad/Oracle SupplierNorth Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

PredictWind - One stop shop
PredictWind have taken the bold step of adding government provided forecasts to their award winning forecasting software PredictWind the world leader in forecasting believe that more is better, and have taken the bold step of adding government provided forecasts to their award winning forecasting software.
Posted on 15 Aug
Rio 2016 - Fresher breezes expected inside and outside on Day 3
Stronger winds are expected for the third day of racing in the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Rio de Janeiro. Stronger winds are expected for the third day of racing in the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta in Rio de Janeiro. Two of the fleet scheduled to race outside on the Atlantic Ocean course off Copacabana Beach, while the 470 Men and Women will race inside on Guananara Bay.
Posted on 10 Aug
PredictWind - Stunning new forecast maps
When developing the Offshore App, we had to rethink maps for offshore sailors. When developing the Offshore App, we had to rethink maps for offshore sailors. The mapping technology was rebuilt to be faster, have smaller downloads and be able to smoothly animate PredictWind’s advanced forecasts. Following the success of the Offshore App, we’re releasing this unique display technology across all other platforms, including the forecast website, Android and iOS Apps
Posted on 24 Jun
Predictwind's Offshore App supports Redport Optimiser - get a deal now
Predictwind have negotiated a 20% discount on the Optimizer and XGate for all PredictWind customers. Predictwind's Offshore App now supports the RedPort Optimizer. For the next seven days Predictwind have negotiated a 20% discount on the Optimizer and XGate for all PredictWind customers.
Posted on 10 Apr
PredictWind Offshore App integrated with Redport Optimizer and XGate
PredictWind has just released the latest version of their Award winning Offshore app PredictWind, the world leader in weather forecasting, has just released the latest version of their Award winning Offshore app, which now allows a direct connection with the Redport Optimizer and XGate suite of satellite data services.
Posted on 10 Apr
Predictwind - A Christmas present for the Sydney Hobart - Updated
Latest from Predictwind (0900hrs on Christmas morning) is that the front should be reduced in duration Latest for the weather trolls from Predictwind (0900hrs on Christmas morning) is that the front should be reduced in duration from about 2300hrs on Dec 26 and will be through about 0900 on Dec 28, and will peak at 31kts average but mostly in the 27kt average.
Posted on 25 Dec 2015
Team SCA and Vestas Wind cross the fleet on Leg 8 - Volvo Ocean race
Team SCA has crossed ahead of the chasing fleet at the latest sked at 0030hrs UTC on June 10. Team SCA has crossed ahead of the chasing fleet at the latest sked at 0030hrs UTC on June 10. According to the Predictwind routing, showing the optimum route to finish, the womens crew have about 20 hours to sail to the finish in Lorient, assuming race organizers do not extend the course.
Posted on 10 Jun 2015
Team SCA holds reduced lead after Coast of Death in Volvo Ocean Race
The womens crew of Team SCA have held their lead as the fleet sails across the Bay of Biscay in winds of 28kts. The womens crew of Team SCA have held their lead as the fleet sails across the Bay of Biscay in winds of 28kts. The westerly group of the fleet have now tacked onto port with Team SCA leading Vestas Wind followed by Team Alvimedica and Dong Feng at the 1843UTC Sked on June 9, 2015.
Posted on 10 Jun 2015
Team SCA looks to score massive upset in the Volvo Ocean Race
The womens crew of Team SCA are just 36 hours from scoring a massive upset in the Volvo Ocean Race The womens crew of Team SCA are just 36 hours from scoring a massive upset in the Volvo Ocean Race, and turning in perhaps the most significant result in the history of womens involvement in sailing. At the 0640UTC position report, the two boats with the least to lose on the leaderboard, Team SCA and the resurrected Team Vestas Wind are first and second on the water as the fleet enter Biscay
Posted on 9 Jun 2015
Team SCA takes coastal route to pick up big lead in Volvo Ocean Race
The inshore and offshore groups have closed together on Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The inshore and offshore groups have closed together on Leg 8 of the Volvo Ocean race. At the 0944UTC sked on June 8, 2015, the girls crew aboard Team SCA had earned a lead of over 5nm, based on the time to reach a point just in the Bay of Biscay.
Posted on 8 Jun 2015