sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Epilogue - Expedition Coppelia- Round New Zealand Race
Epilogue - Expedition Coppelia- Round New Zealand Race

'Rob steer Expedition Coppelia into the early evening, Fiordland - 2012 Two Handed Round New Zealand Race - Expedition Coppelia'       Click Here to view large photo

Sally Garrett describes the 2012 Two Handed Round New Zealand Race:

The question I get asked often about the race is, did I always want to do it?

Life downstairs, Rob sleeps on the floor, with sails stacked in the saloon bunks - 2012 Two Handed Round New Zealand Race - Expedition Coppelia -     Click Here to view large photo
The truth is until about 2010, I didn't even know that the race had taken place in 1990 and prior to competing the Round the North Island in 2011, I would, like many of you, thought it would be madness to sail a family cruising boat south of 46 deg S.

In 2009 after the last race of the Flying 15 worlds in Melbourne, on a very windy sail back to shore, I announced I wanted sail Round the North Island Two Handed, I felt it was something that every sailor should tick off. A very fortunate set of circumstances allowed me to achieve this just two years later, racing with Robert Croft in his Farr 11.6 Coppelia sponsored by NZ company Expedition.

We survived what some say was one of the toughest North Island races, finishing the race with a lost windex and a broken oven door. Others were not so fortunate. Our result made the decision to race Round New Zealand pretty straight forward, just a couple of longer legs and a bit of extra preparation. Also somewhere in my head I thought there was only a slim chance of it being as windy on the west coast as the RNI race.

On all accounts I was wrong. First the preparation needed to be much more thorough to ensure that we could survive an incident on the West Coast of the South Island. Our preparations included, new electronics by NEXUS including a AutoPilot, (in RNI we had no working wind gear and no pilot, we hand steered the entire race), all new batteries and a second alternator, beams to support the coach roof in the event of a knockdown, a second fuel tank, more sails, a new rudder.... the list goes on.

The race…
We blasted our of Auckland harbor of February 25th , hoisted our Expedition fractional kite quickly exited the Gulf. We sailed outside the Hen and Chickens and both were pretty happy with our progress up the coast, in the 2011 RNI it took nearly 24 hours longer for us to make it to Monganui. We were rewarded with a second on PHRF behind the mighty Truxton.

Sally steers close to Dusky Sound - 2012 Two Handed Round New Zealand Race - Expedition Coppelia -     Click Here to view large photo

Leg 2 provided Rob and I with some very new experience - sheltering! The weather decided not follow my plan of being nice with a large storm on leg 2 similar to that we experienced close to Wellington in 2011. Given the number of boats that had been damaged last year (while we sailed through) we decided to take shelter in Golden Bay. This was a hard decision, but looking at the weather we were in a pretty bad location for the next system, and we could ill afford to damage the boat. We completed the leg after 3 days sheltering in Golden Bay, in very light conditions. The highlight of the trip was getting to see Fiordland in such beautiful weather.

Changing over to the spare fuel tank, after getting contamination on the main tank - 2012 Two Handed Round New Zealand Race - Expedition Coppelia -     Click Here to view large photo

Leg 3 was time to find our feet and get back with the pack. We picked the right way to go for the first few days and were rewarded by leading. Truxton and Surreal eventually passed us when the wind was more favorable for those with a longer water line length, or a faster downwind boat. As Chris, Shane, Cam and Tim enjoyed rum in Napier, the wind turned to the north and we spent a full day on the wind with the no 3 and the reefs in. As my work mate, an unfortunate multihull owner told me by txt 'Neptune hates you!'

For the Final Leg again we decide we needed to make some assertive moves if we wanted to get a podium finish overall on PHRF. We had a great daytime rounding of East Cape, then quickly headed as far north as possible, waiting for the wind to shift north. The wind finally shifted and we speed towards Coromandel under code zero, our fastest point of sail compared to Surreal and Truxton. Truxton blasted past us as the wind went astern. We finished at 07:01 on Sunday March 25th minutes before the wind changed to the south west. third on line again, but had done enough to win the leg on PHRF.

SSANZ did an excellent job running the race and in particular I would like to thank Steve Ashley for all his kind words!

While two handed racing is completed by crews of two, Rob and I were fortunate to have a large team of friends to support us, including a group a very special NZ companies that sponsored us: Expedition – Tasman Bay Navigation Systems, Kiwi Yachting, Gulf Harbour Rigging and Enertec are all companies founded and run by New Zealander's and are world leaders in their respective fields. It is fantastic to know that we are using the best gear in the world, which is developed by companies dedicated to the New Zealand economy.

Sally steers Expedition Coppelia near Kawau - Rob shoots the breeze - 2012 Two Handed Round New Zealand Race - Expedition Coppelia -     Click Here to view large photo


Engine checks close to Stewart Island - 2012 Two Handed Round New Zealand Race - Expedition Coppelia -     Click Here to view large photo


by Sally Garrett

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=95397

4:58 AM Thu 29 Mar 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

29 Mar 2012  The NZ Starling Nationals at MBSC are just about on us
29 Mar 2012  Windy sailing for Splash Nationals
29 Mar 2012  JP Tobin takes Bronze Medal in RS:X Worlds in Spain
29 Mar 2012  Third time lucky for Team Vodafone in Auckland to Tauranga race?
29 Mar 2012  Strong New Zealand Team head to Maersk Paper Tiger Internationals
26 Mar 2012  BMW Auckland Cup: A boisterous and spectacular final day + Video
24 Mar 2012  2012 Round NZ Race: From start to finish
24 Mar 2012  BMW Auckland Regatta: Champagne racing conditions on Day 2 + Video
23 Mar 2012  BMW Auckland Cup: Light winds test fleet on Day 1 + Video
22 Mar 2012  2012 BMW Auckland Regatta gearing up for big battles
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World









International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,


















International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
























Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games by Anna Tunnicliffe, Pittsburgh, PA












U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi   
CYC Race to Mackinac - Cruising fleet sets sail in 106th edition   
Team Alvimedica getting a touchup   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Plenty of drama on day 5   
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Day 5 Videos   
NYYC Race Week - High performance classes put on shoreside show   
2014 Pacific Cup - 'Invisible Hand' the first boat to finish   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - B.C.'s Eric Holden skippers wins   
America's Cup: Updates on Team Australia withdraw   
J/70 North American titles - Brian Keane moves to top of leaderboard   
2016-2017 America's Cup - Team Australia withdraws   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander takes charge   
America's Cup: Team NZ disappointed, but on track after Australians go   
America's Cup: Hamilton Island decides not to proceed with Challenge.   
America's Cup: Challenger of Record withdraws from Regatta   
WWA Wakeboard National Championships head to Waco   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Day 2   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT