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Platino Abandoned

Jun 14 2016 03:38 PM | island time in Articles

Remaining crew rescued from stricken yacht
14 June 2016 - 3.10pm
Two men and a woman have been rescued from their battered yacht, Platino, around 550 kilometres north of New Zealand by the crew of the container ship Southern Lily.

A rescue line was used to help get the trio safely on board around 3pm.

Meanwhile, an RNZAF P3 Orion resumed searching today for a fellow crewman, aged 63, lost overboard after the yacht sustained damage to its rigging yesterday morning. The aircraft subsequently took position above the two vessels later this morning, to provide support and communications during the rescue of the three crew from the Platino.

The Orion returned to the search for the missing man around 3pm, once the trio were safely on-board the Southern Lily.

The body of another man who died in the incident remains on board the abandoned yacht, as it could not be safely transferred in the difficult conditions with three metre swells. An EPIRB beacon has been activated on the yacht to aid in tracking its location.

The yacht was abandoned after its condition deteriorated overnight as it lost steering and began taking on water.

The Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) is coordinating the rescue operation and search for the missing man.

RCCNZ search and rescue mission coordinator John Dickson praised the master and crew of the Southern Lily for what was a difficult operation.

“It was not easy to get the three crew members from the yacht to the much larger ship in those sea conditions – they’ve done a tremendous job.

“We are obviously disappointed that it was not safe to transfer the body of the deceased crew member, but safety must come first. We will keep track of the position of the yacht.

“The search for the missing person has now resumed and will continue until around nightfall when the aircraft must return to New Zealand.”

The Southern Lily is now resuming its voyage to Auckland - this will take about two days..


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Sailor Lost Overboard

Jun 13 2016 05:24 PM | island time in Articles

Search for sailor lost overboard 550km north of NZ 13 June 2016) A search is underway for a sailor lost overboard from a yacht 550km (300 nautical miles) north of New Zealand.
The Rescue Coordination Centre NZ was advised at 11.20am today (Monday, 13 June) that one male had been killed and another man, in his 60s, knocked overboard from the 20m yacht, Platino, which had suffered serious rigging damage in winds of up to 75km/h (40knots).

Three other people are on board the yacht, which is in contact via satellite phone.

RCCNZ Search and Rescue mission coordinator Keith Allen said an RNZAF P3 Orion that was already operating in the area was on the scene within 90 minutes of the incident, and a commercial fishing vessel is heading to the area.

A second RNZAF Orion has since replaced the first aircraft and will continue searching until nightfall. If required, searching will continue at first light tomorrow. The search area is out of range of all but fixed wing aircraft.

“Sea conditions are extremely dangerous and the remaining crew on board the Platino have advised that it is too hazardous to be on deck. With limited ability to manoeuvre safely, the yacht is motoring to New Zealand, but this could take at least two days. The fishing boat is expecting to be at the scene by around 7pm but it will not be possible to search in darkness.”

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Softbank Team Japan - 1st WIN!

Jun 12 2016 05:46 PM | island time in Articles

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Up to 1000 boats were ringing the race area just off the city front. Tens of thousands of fans were lining iconic Navy Pier. Bars, restaurants and fan zones were heaving. The best sailors and fastest boats were ready to show what they could do. After phenomenal practice racing on Friday, with two capsizes, the wind took a while to co-operate.

So while fans enjoyed a great day on Navy Pier, officials took the ‘substitute race’, which was sailed on Friday, and scored it as Race One of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago.

That victory went to SoftBank Team Japan who would have seen a measure of justice in having Friday’s “substitute race” count on the leaderboard.

In New York, the team won the substitute race, but it was never used.

But in Chicago, with winds too light and unstable to start on time, the substitute race was inserted in the broadcast and scored as an official race. It was the first win of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series for SoftBank Team Japan.

“It’s a shame we couldn't get racing started on time today, but it's nice to turn the good work from Friday into a win on the scoreboard today,” said skipper Dean Barker.

"We've been working hard to improve our performance... Friday was a good day and we take a lot of confidence from that.”

Artemis Racing scored second place and Groupama Team France was third.

On the other side of the ledger was ORACLE TEAM USA, who capsized in the substitute race on Friday and who now must carry that last place finish on the scoreboard.

As Saturday afternoon progressed under steamy, sunny conditions, and with the sea breeze taking its time to settle in but picking up, race officials and teams extended the race window beyond the initial 3:00pm deadline and were eventually able to get one late afternoon race completed for the fans on Navy Pier.

This race was a huge crowd-pleaser and is designated as a ‘substitute race’ for Sunday. Should conditions not allow for racing to progress as scheduled on Sunday, it will be inserted in the international broadcast and scored as an official race.

Emirates Team New Zealand were the top team on Saturday, finishing ahead of ORACLE TEAM USA and Artemis Racing.

“The race today was a tough battle in front of some really impressive crowds," said Artemis Racing skipper Nathan Outteridge. "I’m pleased we were able to put on a race for everyone who turned up as the fans here in Chicago have been awesome."

“The amount of people on Navy Pier and the number of boats out on the water made for a pretty amazing experience to be out there sailing in front of them all," said Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby.

"Everybody looked like they were having a really good time, in the grandstands and on the spectator boats on the water, and it was good to put in a strong win in front of every single person out there today, whether it evenutally counts on the leaderboard or not

"Racing here in Chicago has been special, and I’m glad we could take a win in front of such a big crowd.”

Conditions are predicted to be excellent tomorrow, setting up a fantastic finish for Super Sunday.


Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago

Race One (substitute race from Friday)

1. SoftBank Team Japan – 10 points
2. Artemis Racing – 9 points
3. Groupama Team France – 8 points
4. Emirates Team New Zealand – 7 points
5. Land Rover BAR – 6 points
6. ORACLE TEAM USA – 5 points


Saturday Substitute Race finish order (this race will only be scored if used on Sunday)

Emirates Team New Zealand
ORACLE TEAM USA
Artemis Racing
Land Rover BAR
SoftBank Team Japan
Groupama Team France

About the America’s Cup
The America's Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport, dating back to 1851, when the yacht America, after which the trophy is named, beat the best of the British fleet in a race around the Isle of Wight, U.K. The trophy won on that day was donated in trust through a Deed of Gift and has since become a symbol of immense achievement. It is perhaps the hardest trophy in sport to win. In it’s 165-year history, only four countries have managed to win the America’s Cup.

The America's Cup is currently held by the Golden Gate Yacht Club in San Francisco, U.S.A.. On September 25, 2013, its team, ORACLE TEAM USA, completed the biggest comeback in sports to retain the trophy it had first won in 2010.

On December 2, 2014, Bermuda was named as the home of the 35th America’s Cup, with the iconic Great Sound as the race course area where the new America’s Cup Class boats (15-meter, foiling, wing-sailed catamarans) from each competing nation will race for the America’s Cup in May/June 2017.

The America’s Cup is honored to partner with Louis Vuitton as the title partner of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers and the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs. Louis Vuitton is also the presenting partner of the 35th America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton.

The America's Cup is also proud to be supported by BMW, Bremont, ORACLE, XL Catlin, the Bermuda Tourism Authority, Gosling’s, Sperry and Sail Racing; as well as: Appleby, BF&M, Butterfield, Butterfield & Vallis, Moët & Chandon, PwC and the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club and in New York by Brookfield Place.

America’s Cup updates are also available on your mobile device. Go to the App Store to download the official America’s Cup App.
{C} 35th America's Cup Media Contacts
Peter Rusch
Director of PR and Communications
+1 441 519 0382
peter.rusch@americascup.com

media@americascup.com

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ANZ Sail Fiji

Jun 09 2016 09:25 AM | island time in Articles

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News | Competitors | Entries | FAQ | Contact sailfiji.co.nz
Daily News Wrap 9th June 2016

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Shaman set to finish tonight
The 88 footer Shaman, with Gary Lewis at the helm, will be the next boat to cross the finish line. At 1400 NZT she had 64nm to run and is sailing at 11 knots. Shaman has been a consistent performer through the race, with boat speeds amongst the top four monohulls. Her track east of the rhumb line has been …
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Video: The Cruisers in Fiji
Sharpe Focus and Moody Blue, the two cruising boats in ANZ Sail Fiji 2016 give us a (very) brief run down their passages.
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Email correspondence with Itchy Feet
Image Above: You can see Itchy Feet is emerging from a thick high cloud (very white = cold and high) associated with the front. While the main fleet is in clear skies as they head into the trades. The northern extension of the front will pass over the fleet early on Thursday morning. -----Original Message----- From: "Sally Garrett" Sent: Wed, 08 Jun …
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Update on Itchy Feet
Itchy Feet continues to make good progress, even though they are travelling at 90 degrees to the course to Fiji. Itchy Feet called Race Director Sally Garrett at 21:45 last evening (Tuesday 7th June). At the time they were making good progress in 35 knots gusting 50 knots under storm jib. All is well, and the crew are comfortable. They …
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ANZ Sail Fiji

Jun 07 2016 10:25 AM | island time in Articles

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Daily News Wrap 6th June 2016

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Team Vodafone Sailing tracker at 2%
Team Vodafone Sailing may not have another tracking update. Their unit has been drained of power and is currently at 2% battery life. All other units are between 77-89%. We will do our best to keep you updated regarding their imminent finish time. The finish boat is on station and the Royal Akarana Yacht Club team is due to depart …
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Itchy Feet causes head scratching
ANZ Sail Fiji is set to receive the first finisher tonight, but one boat has the attention of the Race Committee more than others at the moment. Itchy Feet have made a radical move heading west through throughout day two of the race. While it may seem a little different to the rest of the boats, they are setting themselves …
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State of the Trades
ANZ Sail Fiji Race Director Sally Garrett has not moved far from her computer since the start of the race at 1100 hours on Saturday 4th June. Constantly monitoring the fleet, and studying the conditions as they change, Garrett has provided the following update: "Team Vodafone Sailing could finish as early as 2230 hours �tonight. But what are the winds doing …
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Injury on board Anarchy
Anything can happen during an offshore race, so when Royal Akarana Yacht Club race management team member Suellen Hurling received a call from AJ Reid, owner and skipper of Anarchy, she prepared for whatever update was thrown her way. "Suellen it's AJ. Wow it's crazy out here! We all have goggles on whenever we are on deck. A simple task …
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Time to head east?
At 0900 hours on Monday 6th June at Raoul Island (200 nm due east of the fleet) the wind direction was 90 degreed with at a speed of 13 knots. Both the of most used models on the boats GFS and GEM show a similar wind direction (102 deg and 105 deg), but higher wind speeds. More importantly both models …
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Sail World: Hull puts the hammer down on Team Vodafone Sailing
TeamVodafoneSailing has picked up speed and is now racing towards the finish of the ANZ Sail Fiji race at a speed of close to 25kts. At 1115hrs on June 6, 2016, the 60ft trimaran had 250nm to sail to the finish line at Port Denerau. No doubt keen to make the finish line in daylight if possible, the Simon Hull …
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Auckland to Fiji in 1:47
The Royal Akarana Yacht Club Race Management Team headed to Fiji on the big steel tube in the sky. Thanks to Fiji Airways for getting them there!
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Notorious makes it to Opua
The crew of the Beneteau First 44.7 Notorious have made it safely to Opua, welcomed by Manuela Hornell, wife of Ave Gitana crew meter Chris Hornell. Christiaan Arns and his crew were in good spirits, but were obviously devastated by the outcome and the decision they needed to make. Arns, who is also a member of the Royal Akarana Yacht …
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Sail-World: Records set to be slashed as leaders fly to finish
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 …
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Suellen Hurling
Yachting & Communicaitons Manager
Royal Akarana Yacht Club
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suellen@rayc.co.nz

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Six-minute search saves two lost fishermen, 480...

May 18 2016 04:09 PM | island time in Articles

18 May 2016
Two Kiribati fishermen missing for five days in a 4.5m open boat have been found just six minutes into the search of more than 43,000 square kilometers of ocean.
The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) determined the most likely search area for the men who failed to return from a fishing trip on Friday, and a RNZAF P3 Orion left Whenuapai at 5am this morning to search the area.
RCCNZ Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Mike Roberts described the result as “outstanding”, with the men’s boat found in an area of open ocean about 480km south east of Nauru.
“The aircraft arrived on scene at approximately 1.30pm (NZ time) and spotted the missing men waving from their boat within about six minutes,” he said.
“The search area was obviously correct and the aircraft has made its approach from precisely the right direction. While there is an element of luck involved, the Orion crew have done a fantastic job. I can’t recall another search being successful so quickly.”
Both men appeared to be in good health, and a survival pack containing food, water and a radio was dropped by the Orion.
An available vessel will now be identified and directed to the men, with the Kiribati search and rescue vessel, six hours away, likely to be involved in returning them to safety.
The Orion will stay overnight in Kiribati before returning to New Zealand tomorrow.

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New Chart Updates

May 17 2016 11:53 AM | island time in Articles

17 May 2016

Latest chart updates cover Banks Peninsula, upper South Island

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has released new editions of its charts for Banks Peninsula and the upper South Island.

Manager Chart Production Jennifer Abbott says the Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula charts now include a new restricted area and marine reserves.

“The updates to these series of charts reflect the incorporation of survey information, updates from the Harbourmaster, as well as changes to navigational aids.

“We urge any skipper operating in the area, whether professionally or for recreation to update their chart portfolio.”

NZ 6324 (Akaroa Harbour), NZ 6321 (Lyttelton Harbour / Whakaraupo: Port of Lyttelton), NZ 632 (Banks Peninsula), NZ 62 (Cape Palliser / Matakitakiakupe to Kaikoura Peninsula), and NZ 63 (Kaikoura Peninsula to Banks Peninsula) are now available from approved retailers. Digital versions are also available to download free of charge from the LINZ website.

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Big win for boaties in Northland Advocacy Case

May 10 2016 09:50 AM | island time in Articles

Recreational boaties and yachties visiting the Northland region are assured of safe access to popular anchorages, harbour entrances, bays of refuge and navigational routes thanks to the collective advocacy efforts of Yachting New Zealand, the Auckland Yachting & Boating (AYBA) and Northland Yachting Associations.

Following a significant and favourable decision from the Environment Court in June last year there will be changes made to the Regional Coastal Plan for Northland, and the ramifications are expected to benefit recreational boaties nationwide.
The changes, which include new aquaculture exclusion zones and new wording acknowledging the significance of recreational water users, come into operation today, 9 May 2016.
The process of creating Regional Plans is often long, extending over a number of years, requiring the significant commitment on the part of those involved to see the process through to completion. In this case, Council hearings were held back in 2007, while appeals to the Environment Court were lodged in 2008. Due to additional delays resulting from various changes to legislation governing aquaculture, the final decision was not released by the Court until 2015.
Notwithstanding the time and effort required, it is important that boating interests play a role in their preparation because Regional Coastal Plans control activities in the Coastal Marine Area. If the Regional Coastal Plan does not properly address those matters of concern to boaties up front, the boating community will have to face repeated battles regarding similar issues as each individual resource consent application for a Marine farm is made.
Yachting New Zealand initiated an appeal to Northland Regional Council Plan Change 4 (relating to aquaculture), worried that marine farming could clog popular bays and hamper safe passage and cruising through the Northland region.
The original plan provisions proposed did not take proper account of the need to consider and protect safe access to popular anchorages, harbour entrances, bays of refuge, navigational routes and areas commonly used for yacht racing. The appeal was supported by evidence from a number of well-known and respected boaties who have particular knowledge and experience of the Northland coast.
The advocacy collective, including Yachting New Zealand, AYBA and the Northland Yachting Association, are very pleased that the appeal has resulted in aquaculture being classified as a prohibited activity in a range of additional locations.
Andrew Clouston, Yachting New Zealand Participation and Development Manager explains that the national body was concerned due to Northland’s popularity as a cruising destination for local and visiting recreational boaties and that a number of sailing and boating clubs in the region would be affected.
The changes coming into operation are just what Yachting New Zealand was hoping for; “We now have certainty around particular areas and aquaculture prohibited in those zones,” says Clouston.
“The important aspects for us were around ensuring that recreational boaties can continue to access popular anchorages and that bays-of-refuge, used by boaties as shelter in the case of bad weather, remain accessible.”
“We were also concerned about general navigational safety,” adds Clouston. “And as a result of the decision we have also seen recognised transit routes for vessels widened and expanded. Previously the plan didn’t consider that boats, and in particular sailing yachts, don’t always travel in a straight line and deserve more than a narrow transit corridor when moving up and down our coastline.”
The advocacy group also fought to have policy wording changed to reflect the importance of the recreational use of the coastal marine area in Northland.
“The policy now recognises the importance of recreational activity and safe anchorages – it simply wasn’t in there before,” says Clouston.
Jeremy Brabant, a Barrister specialising in Environmental Law, represented Yachting New Zealand, AYBA and Northland Yachting Association collectively and was instrumental in achieving the outcome.
Richard Brabant, a Barrister and former Vice President of Yachting New Zealand, acted as counsel for landowners in the Bay of Islands who raised concerns about the potential impact of additional aquaculture in the Bay, calling expert evidence about the potential adverse effects upon landscape and recreation. In combination, the evidence from the YNZ collective and landowners has resulted in almost the entirety of the Bay of Islands being off-limits to any further aquaculture.
The key areas where significant aquaculture-free zones will come into place include Whangaroa, the Cavalli Islands, Doubtless Bay, Bream Bay, the Bay of Islands and harbour access points including Whangaruru , Tutukaka and Whangarei entrances.
New maps which show the zones where aquaculture will be prohibited have been finalised and can be viewed on the Yachting New Zealand website.
The advocacy work that goes on largely behind the scenes at Yachting New Zealand is seen by the organisation as essential to preserve the freedom for all yachties and boaties to enjoy New Zealand’s coastline, not limited to those who are members of clubs.
Doug Smeal, Commodore of Whangarei Cruising Club says, “This outcome means Yacht Club members and all boaties will be able to cruise the Northland coastline and bays and not have to worry about aquaculture structures impairing their safety."
The Environment Court decision around Northland should have national reach as a result of explicit recognition by the Court of recreational and navigational safety considerations, which will guide the preparation of plans for other regions around New Zealand. Yachting New Zealand isn’t alone in believing the upshot will benefit boaties across the country.
Richard Brabant comments on the significance of the decision;
“The Yachting New Zealand case resulted in outcomes way beyond my expectations – key and significant areas on the Northland coast from Whangarei north have been mapped as prohibited to aquaculture to the immense benefit of the boating public.”
“From my perspective, having been involved in hearings concerning provision for aquaculture in many parts of New Zealand over a number of years, this has to be the most notable success in terms of protecting our coastline, coastal waters and anchorages from the adverse effects of aquaculture.”
The updated Regional Coastal Plan for Northland (incorporating Plan Change 4 text) will be available on the NRC website from 09 May 2016: www.nrc.govt.nz/rcp
For more information contact:
Jodie Bakewell-White
Yachting New Zealand Communications Manager
Tel. 021 709 065
Email. Jodie@yachtingnz.org.nz


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SSANZ 2017 RNI

May 09 2016 09:22 AM | island time in Articles

Hi again,
Entries have now been open a week and we have 20 entrants, some repeat offenders, some yachts back with new crew, some crew with new yachts, plus our first Australian entrant.
The yachts get bigger every time which makes the job of finding berthage harder but our team in Wellington have confirmed that they are able to accommodate 30 plus yachts in Chafers Marina with the possibility of overflow berthage at Queens Wharf.
Depth into Napier's Inner Harbour will be an issue again with some only able to enter at the top of the tide and we will possibly need to put the deepest draft yachts at the commercial wharf.
Westhaven Marina are keen to assist with marina berths for any entrant needing help, but as only some will need this its up to you to arrange berthage prior to and after the race.
If you require any further assistance then feel free to contact me.
And if you no longer wish to be kept on this email list then please let me know.

Talk soon

Jon Henry
Race Director
SSANZ

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SSANZ ANZAC 250

Apr 21 2016 10:00 PM | island time in Articles


A huge fleet of 45 yachts have entered for the SSANZ Chains Ropes and Anchors ANZAC 250 two-handed yacht race. The longhaul (250nm) and shorthaul (180nm) divisions started Thursday 21st April at 1730 while the small boat and cruising divisions start at 0900 Friday 22nd April and do a more leisurely 60nm course to Great Barrier Island via Flat Rock.



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The long haul and short haul course takes the fleet around Channel Island, Cuvier Island and outside Great Barrier Island before heading back inside Little Barrier island and Sail Rock. From there the fleet splits and the short haul division heads back to the finish at Port Abercrombie while the Long Haul boats go up around the Poor Knights before heading to the finish. Then the boats will raft up in Smokehouse Bay at Great Barrier with the prize giving and some ‘shore based’ activities on Saturday night.




The forecast is for light Easterlies swinging slowly to the North with a very light swell and a full moon. Champagne yachting, doesn’t get much better!

You can follow the race on the predict wind tracker http://forecast.pred...king/race/ssanz

And on the face book page https://www.facebook.com/ssanz.inc/


The short haul fleet ranges in size from the smallest boats E770 Real Deal and SR26 Rattle N Rum through to the Titan 36 Zen and the Hanse 400 Goldenpond at the bigger end of the fleet and the only multihull in the race- the 8.5 catamaran ‘Voom’. Cruising division could almost be renamed the Farr division with 9 Farr boats including 7 1020s. Sharing the same start and course is the small boat fleet with the only Mini Transat 650 in NZ ‘B&G Racing’ and the short handed veterans on the Ross 830s Cool Change and Revolution Blues.


Any questions or queries please feel free to contact me on this email address or via cell phone 021 145 4576.


Regards,


Deb Williams
Media and Comms SSANZ 250


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