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It doesn’t seem like three years since Sailonline last joined with with SSANZ  to provide a virtual version of the challenging Round North Island Race, but three years it is.  All participants, real and virtual, relish the opportunity to take part in this four-leg event.  In reality, those brave enough to take part, have the opportunity to pit their courage, their skills and their competitive natures in a race where they will face the swirl of the  Tasman Sea winds and currents mixing with the Pacific coupled with the formidable task of navigating the Cook Strait, where these waters funnel between New Zealand’s North and South Islands.  Sailonline’s virtual event uses  wind grib forecasts from NOAA downloaded four times a day and released into the game in 10 minute pieces, making this a truly realistic wind navigation competition. 

 

This is Sailonline’s  fourth time of racing the Virtual RNI and Leg 1, the relatively short hop from Auckland to Mangonui, will start at 0100utc on 22 February 2020 - Sailonline’s virtual version will be available for preview from 17 February and registration will open for pre-race practice on 18 February.

 

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Essential Reading

 

The real race has a formula by which race legs will open (after the initial one) which is explained here. PLEASE NOTE:  Sailonline will be competing as closely as is virtually possible with the real yachts but will at all times give a minimum of 24hrs notice of a start time.  It is intended to close each leg promptly, in harmony with the real race, but there will be some allowance here.  The aim is for the overlap between legs of the virtual race to not exceed 24hrs.  As always, race ranking will be your position at race close for each leg.  

 

 


 

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