Please select your home edition
North Sails Performance 2023 - LEADERBOARD

ANZ Fiji Race - Records set to be slashed as leaders fly to finish

by Richard Gladwell, on 5 Jun 2016
TeamVodafoneSailing in quieter conditions at the start of the ANZ Fiji Race Richard Gladwell
New records are expected to be set in the ANZ Fiji Race as the leaders hurtle towards the finish line in Port Denerau, sailing a direct course in 20-25kts winds.

TeamVodafoneSailing, the 60ft trimaran which won two TransAtlantic races as Geant, sailed by Michel Desjoyeaux, is expected to cross the finish line at around 11.00pm on Monday night.

That will give her a time of around 58 hours for the race, which is well inside any records for racing to Fiji that Sail-World has been able to locate.

In the 2013 TeamVodafoneSailing took 101hrs for the race. In 2005 the Bakewell White designed supermaxi took 82hrs for the 1100nm course.

The Volvo 70 Giacomo, formerly the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race winner Groupama, is expected to finish at 5.00am on Tuesday morning, about six hours after TeamVodafoneSailing.

Both boats are sailing at around 20kts in winds averaging 23kts from a SE direction.

According to Predictwind TeamVodafoneSailing should be sailing at speeds of around 30kts in these conditions (using the polar for an ORMA60 in Predictwind), and it is likely that her crew have backed off in the interests of safety, or because of the damage sustained to the port daggerboard on Saturday night.

However it could be that on the final day they take the red and white trimaran up to full speed for the final few hours, in which case her arrival time could be in daylight.

Sunday afternoon, Tom Addis, navigator on Giacomo, sent another update:

'This time it's a straight-line race for us. Not many stories from the boat though since its pretty full-on sailing with very little conversation on deck. Everyone fully shut up in wet weather gear with goggles on so jokes and stories tend to get put away for the finish!

'Everyone in good shape though. James (Delegat) has had his camera out so hopefully his pics can do some talking! Downstairs, its eating, sleeping and bailing.'

'ETA looking like early Tuesday morning, probably before sunrise.'

As of 0100am NZT on June 6, 2016 Giacomo is currently steaming towards Denarau at 20 knots with 575nm to sail.

As at 2154 hours on Sunday 5th June, Giacomo was placed first on PHRF and second on IRC behind Miss Scarlett. Cotton Blossom 2 is currently third on IRC.

Of the smaller boats, Blink has has averaged 12.3 knots over the last hour – only Ran Tan 2 and Giacomo are going faster in the monohulls.

Boat Books Australia FOOTERPantaenius 2022 - SAIL FOOTER AUSX-Yachts X4.0

Related Articles

2024 Apollo Bay Race
Tactics and determination secures Valiant the win Valiant, an Adams 10.6 skippered by Jason Farnell from the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, is the overall winner of this year's Melbourne to Apollo Bay Race.
Posted today at 5:35 am
69F Cup Grand Prix 2 at Torbole overall
Groupe Atlantic clinches the title after 16 races At the end of three days of challenging races - 16 in total - the 69F Cup Grand Prix 2 Torbole went to a conclusion with the success of Clément Cron's Groupe Atlantic (FRA).
Posted today at 12:15 am
Clipper Race 11 review
Tactical, testing, untamed first stage of Leg 7 Popular for so many reasons, but also often underestimated, Leg 7, one of the longest of the circumnavigation, is made up of two races. The first is down the West Coast of North America and the second back up its East Coast.
Posted on 26 May
WingFoil Racing World Cup Turkiye overall
Ghio and Suardiaz take the titles Nia Suardiaz and Mathis Ghio have taken the gold medals at the WingFoil Racing World Cup Turkiye after commanding performances in the medal series.
Posted on 26 May
Brisbane to Keppel welcomes Hobart winner Alive
This year marks the 16th edition of the fun-focused 343 nautical mile Go Troppo race The two-time overall Rolex Sydney Hobart winner Alive, skippered by Duncan Hine has entered the Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race.
Posted on 26 May
Sign up for the Bart's Bash 2024
The event continues to connect the global sailing community The event continues to connect the global sailing community, create opportunities for people to get on the water and raise essential funds for the ASF.
Posted on 26 May
The oldest video footage of windsurfing
Early square boards with diamond-shaped rigs which the sailor leaned back against! We delve into the past, and round-up all videos which show windsurfers. There is even footage of the early square boards with diamond-shaped rigs which the sailor leaned back against.
Posted on 26 May
J/70 Europeans at Mount Argentario, Italy Overall
A thrilling grand finale in Italy After several hours of waiting onshore due to a lack of wind, the fleet of nearly 90 boats from over 20 countries completed the 11th and final race of the J/70 European Championship series.
Posted on 26 May
Cup Spy May 25: Two Tango in Barcelona
Today for the first time in Barcelona two of the AC75 teams lined up against each other Today for the first time in Barcelona two of the AC75 teams lined up against each other in a rules limited way. We didn't learn much. The teams may have learned more, and if so - weren't saying.
Posted on 26 May
America's Cup: French reveal their hand
Orient Express Racing Team's AC75 was wheeled out of the shed briefly on Saturday For a rig-stepping test Saturday morning, Orient Express Racing Team's AC75 was wheeled out of the shed briefly during the early hours revealing France's hope for the America's Cup.
Posted on 25 May