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Coastal Classic: TeamVodafoneSailiing hits 45kts + Video
By Stuart Mackinven,
7:00 PM Sun 28 Oct 2012
Stuart McKinven reports on TeamVodafoneSailing's 2012 Coastal Classic where they set a new personal speed record of over 45kts
Setting up for the start we heard a forecast of 25 gusting 35 a few models were talking 40. So we were well prepared to take it easy at the start. ...[more]
The Coastal Classic 2012 on board Satellite Spy - Video
By David Cosgrove, Auckland ,
6:41 PM Wed 24 Oct 2012
David Cosgrove reports from on board Satellite Spy during the 2012 Coastal Classic, 19th October 2012. They survived the carnage just after the start as a number of boats wiped out in a big gust. Top speed of the day was 20.2 knots behind the Hen and Chicks with a tuck in the main and a blade up. The Spy finished 17th on line and 15th on handicap in 12hrs 19min 45sec. ...[more]
Coastal Classic Video: 40kts on a multihull and 25kts on a monohull
By Stuart MacKinven and Will Calver,
8:41 AM Mon 22 Oct 2012
Get up close with the sailing action in these two videos taken during the wild 2012 Coastal Classic Race - a 120nm sprint from Auckland to the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
The fleet was hit with a 35kt squall soon after the start which gave them a slingshot start for the ride north. ...[more]
Coastal Classic: Securing glory in Russell
By Zoe Hawkins,
1:47 AM Sun 21 Oct 2012
Multiple new records, including one standing for sixteen years, were broken or set in the Coastal Classic Auckland to Russell Yacht Race, organised by the New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club this weekend. There is little doubt that the boats which sailed conservatively maximised their chance of finishing, and securing glory in Russell. ...[more]
Coastal Classic: Records tumble in flight north
By Zoe Hawkins,
4:22 PM Sat 20 Oct 2012
Several new records, including one standing for 16 years, were broken or set in the Coastal Classic Auckland to Russell Yacht Race, organised by the New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club this weekend. There is little doubt that the boats which sailed conservatively maximised their chance of finishing, and securing glory in Russell. ...[more]
Coastal Classic: Images by Paul Gilbert from the blustery start
By Paul Gilbert, Auckland ,
9:12 PM Fri 19 Oct 2012
The start of the 2012 Coastal Classic is always the iconic event on the sailing calendar and with a strong and favourable breeze the record was again broken by TeamVodaphoneSailing.
Paul Gilbert of www.aquapx.com caught some of the start action. ...[more]
Coastal Classic: Images from the start - 2
By Richard Gladwell,
5:52 PM Fri 19 Oct 2012
More images shot from the start of the 2012 Coastal Classic today. The race has finished in Russell, first home was the ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing, followed by the catamaran Taipeng. First monohull was V5 (David Nathan) with Wired (Rob Bassett) finishing 20 minutes later. ...[more]
Coastal Classic: Images from the start - 1
By Richard Gladwell,
5:31 PM Fri 19 Oct 2012
Images shot from the start of the 2012 Coastal Classic today. The race has finished in Russell, first home was the ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing, followed by the catamaran Taipeng. First monohull was V5 (David Nathan) with Wired (Rob Bassett) finishing 20 minutes later. ...[more]
Coastal Classic - Rough, fast ride anticipated by sailors
By Zoe Hawkins, ,
7:51 AM Fri 19 Oct 2012
If you are competing in the NZMYC Coastal Classic and want a wet, fast ride, you’ll be thrilled. If you want to bask in the sun and enjoy the scenery, not so much. 20-30 knots is expected at the startline at Devonport Wharf in Auckland today and the 170 expected starters, including around 1,000 sailing crew, are looking at achieving some of the fastest times ever posted in the 30 year old race. ...[more]
Coastal Classic: Mark Mulcare's form guide to the 2012 Coastal Classic
By Zoe hawkins,
10:17 PM Tue 16 Oct 2012
Mark Mulcare was the designer and instigator of the RaceTrack ranking system for New Zealand race yachts, and he has cast his expert eye over the race fleet to advise of the divisional prospects:
Division 1 has shaped up well with as good a battle for first over the line as we've had recently. V5, Wired, Georgia, Ran Tan and Kia Kaha all have good prospects for first monohull home. My pick wi ...[more]
Coastal Classic: New tracking system hoped to be running for race
10:00 PM Tue 16 Oct 2012
Coastal Classic organisers have advised that they expect to have race tracking online for this year's event.
Friends, family and fans will be able to follow the fleet.
It is hoped to have an iPhone (and maybe Android) app available before the start which can be downloaded by competitors, so your friends and family can see where you are at. ...[more]
Coastal Classic: Official Race Forecast ripe for new records
By Zoe Hawkins,
8:34 PM Tue 16 Oct 2012
A good, fast sprint with a high chance of a record is forecast for this week's Coastal Classic Auckland to Russell Yacht Race, particularly for the boats that will lead the pack.
The wind forecasting site PredictWind.com is suggesting that the boats will encounter a strong 25knot South West breeze off the start at 10am on Friday, moderating that night ...[more]
Coastal Classic: Great record breaking forecast treated with caution
By Zoe Hawkins,
7:45 AM Tue 16 Oct 2012
Three days out from the NZMYC's Coastal Classic Auckland to Russell Yacht Race, Simon Hull, skipper of TeamVodafone Sailing, is aiming at not thinking too much about the prospect of a back to back record in the iconic New Zealand race. 'If it's a good forecast, which it is, then it will turn bad,' he jokes. ...[more]
Coastal Classic: Best strategy - stick to the Rhumbline
By Cameron Thorpe,
7:57 PM Mon 15 Oct 2012
Multi's and fast mono's may have more options to stray from the rhumbline as a small change of angle can make a big difference to boat speed... where as boats like Young 88's, Farr 1020's, Stewart 34's... (in fact the majority of the fleet) need to have a VERY good reason to stray from the rhumbline as it's so hard to beat sailing the shortest possible distance. ...[more]
Coastal Classic: Your pre-race checklist and Predictwind prognosis
By Coastal Classic and Sail-World,
7:10 PM Mon 15 Oct 2012
First, make sure your boat is 100% ready to go by the night before racing. Easier said than done, right? Here are a few extra ideas to add to the mix. If you are leaving from Westhaven, try to cast off by 9am at the latest, to give you time to get to the start line, and do a reconnaissance, checking out conditions and confirming your starting strategy ...[more]
Coastal Classic: Class 40 Team Buckley Systems to race in the Classic
By Coastal Classic,
6:48 PM Mon 15 Oct 2012
Ross Fields' stead known as Team Buckley Systems in the Global Ocean Race will be a starter in Friday's Coastal Classic, even though the man himself is still recovering from surgery to his spine.
Ross and his son Campbell were leading the Global Ocean Race in February this year when they were forced to turn back after the boat crashed off a massive wave in storm force wind ...[more]
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