Labour Weekend 3 Day Holiday. Video of Tri Vodofone’s Win

Meanwhile Classique is immobilized & almost dead in the water

Labour Weekend 3 Day Holiday. Video of Tri Vodofone’s Win
It started on Friday morning in the fog with the Coastal Classic, a long established race since 1982 from Auckland to the Bay of Islands, 125 nmiles more or less to the Northern extent of our world beating sailing ground through the Hauraki Gulf.
The conditions rapidly improved as a South West breeze built up
turning it in to a spinnaker run up in the lee of the coast.
A sensational looking trimaran named Vodofone beat it’s own record & created a new one of just 5.13 hours in perfect conditions.
The inaugural Coastal Classic Yacht Race began in light conditions at 0900hrs Saturday October 23rd with monohull Fidelis leading the fleet past North Head. Multihulls Krisis and Sundancer got into the action as the winds freshened once out of the inner harbour with their match racing and fierce competitiveness from there onwards setting the scene for all Coastal Classic races to come.
Krisis, skippered by Duncan (Cookie) Stuart was the first boat into Russell and his record of 18 hours was not broken for 4 years, although the armchair experts thought it would be easily broken. Andrew Wallace on his Farr 11.6 keeler Hawkeye waved the flag for the monohulls by finishing a creditable 50 minutes behind the first two speedy multis.
1989 – ATROCIOUS CONDITIONS PRESENT FIRST EVER MONOHULL BENEFIT
Only 65 of 155 starters finished the 1989 race, and it was the first year that a monohull took line honours. Gale force north to north easterlies ‘pasted’ the fleet, with many boats, on experiencing 70-knot headwinds and enormous seas off Brett, turning around and heading home. Emotional Rescue crossed the line first after 19 hours and 7 minutes of windward slog.
Meanwhile Classique is immobilized & almost dead in the water –
a lamentable situation for a yacht of such sea-going history.
Shame lies squarely at the doors of Maritime New Zealand & Auckland Council Claims Department.

Link for Seeing, Signing & Sharing Petition – http://maritimenz.com/AnnulConvictionGainedByAbuseOfCourtProcess


Labour Weekend 3 Day Holiday. Video of Tri Vodofone’s Win

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