Please select your home edition
Festival of Sails 2020 GIF - LEADERBOARD

Gentle breeze replaces gales for Fiji race fleet

by Emirates Team NZ Media on 5 Jun 2011
Camper heads out for Fiji in the Auckland-Musket Cove Race. Ivor Wilkins
After a 24 hour delay the Auckland-Musket Cove race started at Auckland at noon today. In complete contrast to yesterday's conditions, which saw winds gusting to more than 40 knots, the fleet crossed the line under very light airs, blue skies and bright sunshine.

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand led off the start line for the 1141-nautical mile race to Fiji.

Racing with 13 crew rather than the 11 permitted for the Volvo Ocean Race, CAMPER will be in full 'race mode' for the next few days.

Skipper Chris Nicholson said, 'It will be good for the crew to do a real race aand the next few days will be an ideal practice run for our watch system.

'It is certainly a whole new race compared to 24 hours ago and hopefully we will get some good testing conditions both during the race and on our way back to Auckland.'

Sailing journalist Ivor Wilkins reports:

First out into the Hauraki Gulf was the Emirates Team New Zealand CAMPER team in their first competitive outing before the Volvo Ocean Race. The powerful red yacht lit up in the soft breeze and surged across the favoured pin end of the startline to lead the fleet away.

Line honours favourite, the18m trimaran, TeamVodafoneSailing (TVS) was judged over the line early at the start and had to return to re-start before giving chase.

The fleet of 14 yachts gathered at the starting area in virtually no wind and glassy seas. However, just as the yachts came under starter’s orders at midday, a light 8-knot northerly began to fill in – providing a gentle send-off on the 1140-mile race to Fiji.

The race is organized by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in association with the New Zealand International Yachting Trust.

Expectations were that TeamVodafoneSailing might threaten the RNZYS record of 120hrs 21mins 45secs set by Systems Thunder in 2008. However, skipper Simon Hull said the light conditions meant the record was unlikely to fall.

As Camper and TVS led the fleet past Rangitoto Light, the next two yachts out into the Hauraki Gulf were Wired, owned by Rob Bassett and Brett Russell, and the historic Whitbread Round the World racer, Lion New Zealand, skippered by William Goodfellow.

Follow the fleet via the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron website here: or directly through the race tracker here:

Gul 2019 CODEZERO EVO FooterMarine Resources 2019 - FooterPandB 2019 Autumn Sale - Footer

Related Articles

The Ocean Race takes gold for education
A learning programme wins at Reimagine Education Awards in London A learning programme developed by The Ocean Race has been named the "Gold Award Winner" in the sustainability category at the Reimagine Education Awards in London this week.
Posted on 13 Dec
Bacardi Invitational Winter Series preview
Melges 24 and J/70 fleets consider this a 'must do' event After a successful debut, the second edition of the Bacardi Winter Series features two events in Miami for the Melges 24 and J/70 fleets with over forty teams set for the opening battle this weekend, 14-15 December 2019.
Posted on 13 Dec
The Clipper Race Leg 3 - Race 4, Day 26
High winds and high spirits Race 4: The Marlow Southern Ocean Sleigh Ride continues for the trio of teams who are eagerly anticipating being reunited with the rest of the fleet in Fremantle.
Posted on 13 Dec
Melges 24 European Sailing Series 2020 Schedule
The eighth edition of the ESS will have six events As it always happens at the end of the sailing seasons, the winter period represents the best time to give shape to the events that will become new chapters of the great book of sailing.
Posted on 13 Dec
Talent converges in Miami
US Sailing hosts "Best Olympic Development Program Camp Yet" Over Thanksgiving weekend, Miami became a mecca for talented American sailors, as US Sailing's Olympic Development Program (ODP) hosted its annual Racing Clinic at Miami Yacht Club.
Posted on 13 Dec
2020 Semaine Olympique Française de Hyères preview
A last test in France before the great summer rendezvous in Japan From April 18th to 25th 2020, just three months away from Tokyo Olympic Games, Hyères will welcome once again the world's best Olympic sailors.
Posted on 13 Dec
18ft Skiff Supercup on Sydney Harbour
Eight former JJ Giltinan champions and other top 'guest' skippers race The Australian 18 Footers League conducted the second 'Supercup' on Sydney harbour this evening when they invited eight former JJ Giltinan (world) champions as well as several other top names from the world of 18ft Skiff Racing to become guest skippers.
Posted on 13 Dec
2019 Finn Gold Cup opens in Melbourne
More than 60 Finn sailors from 22 nations have gathered in Melbourne The 2019 Finn Gold Cup was officially opened by John Bertrand AO at Friday evening's opening ceremony at the Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Melbourne, Australia.
Posted on 13 Dec
Part 2 of mini-series on MM597 superyacht build
Second part of mini series on Malcolm McKeon MM597 super yacht build is released In the second installment, Paul MacDonald explains how Southern Spars is the only mast builder in the world that can provide a fully integrated package to projects such as the MM597 by using its proprietary software MemBrain.
Posted on 13 Dec
The Top 10 Biggest Sailing Stories of 2019: Part 1
Quite a few surprises and interlopers in this elite group of stories... Following on from last year's round-up of the Top 10 big stories in the sailing world, Mark Jardine shares the most-read stories in 2019 from and
Posted on 13 Dec