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If the French can race in the English Channel solo, at night,  I'm sure most of us will be able to get to Whangarei. At this stage stop overs will likely be 12 hours, from the time the mid fleet finish. Not planning on making it too soft. Starts will be in daylight only. So if the start is 5.00PM then it will be go. We will have a finish boat at the Barrier and there will be a couple of turns in both of the return legs.


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The Excel Refrigeration  Gulf Triangle Single Handed Challenge - 2021’s ultimate solo  sailing adventure


2020 will mark the introduction of a new sailing event from the Richmond Yacht Club. The Excel Refrigeration Gulf Triangle Single Handed Challenge. A longer distance single handed race, building on the clubs already very successful, and notable, Marsden Cove Marina Route 66 Race to Whangarei. A single handed division has long been part of the Marsden Cove Marina Route 66 Race and has been strongly contested for a number of years by Auckland’s growing group of solo sailors.


This inaugural Gulf Triangle Single Handed Challenge  will build on this formula through the addition of  two extra legs and two compulsory stopovers. This new triangle course will take competitors from Auckland to Whangarei, as a single handed division in the Marsden Cove Marina Route 66 Race. After a twelve hour stopover the fleet will race to Port Abercrombie, at the Great Barrier Island, observing another twelve hour stopover, before embarking on the third leg back to Auckland to the finish off the Westhaven Tower. The race will start at 9.00AM, from our Westhaven start line, on Friday 26th February, with the fleet expected back in Auckland on Sunday 28th February.


There is already strong interest in this event from the clubs already established group of solo sailors however this challenge will also appeal to those planning a Trans Tasman Campaign in 2022, looking for a new sailing challenge or who would like to be part of this iconic inaugural event.


Full race details are available from the Richmond Yacht Club website; www.richmondyc.org.nz/gulftriangle





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