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Worse conditions are felt by the ones that are racing the "Around NZ" two crewed race .
Most of the boats run for shelter on bays, many suffered damage and the Pogo 40 retired from the race.
03 Mar 2012
Danaide 030730 nzdt Mar Sheltering Golden Bay with Expedition Coppelia & Truxton
Expedition Coppelia 030730 nzdt Mar Sheltering Golden Bay with Danaide & Truxton
Krakatoa 2 030730 nzdt Mar Withdrawn from race.
Panther 030730 nzdt Mar Tried calling vessel on SSB no response. Vessel too far to call on VHF. Saw position had updated with yellow brick.
Pelagian 2 030730 nzdt Mar 38 40S 169.12E Incident involving vessel, They are taking on water and now have the situation under control with pumps and their engine has started.
Revs 030730 nzdt Mar 41S 170E Very broken on VHF unable to copy restof the position.
Sunstone 030730 nzdt Mar 42 05S 169 53E
Surreal 030730 nzdt Mar 42 56S 170 15E ALL GOOD ENJOYING GINGER CRUNCH
Truxton 030730 nzdt Mar Sheltering Golden Bay with Expedition Coppelia & Danaide
Vingilot 030730 nzdt Mar 41 52S 169 29E
SSANZ - News
Remember these are amateurs, good one, but not professional racers and most boats are cruising boats, some really old ones.
Pelagian and Panther are still experiencing high winds, but all well. Pelagian intend to continue in the race. Panther crew very seasick but OK and heading for Nelson. Panther, Vingalot and Revs are repairing ripped sails. Lead boats are in more comfortable weather and making good progress.
You can follow their fight against the weather here:
Round New Zealand Two Handed leg 2 - Powered by Yellowbrick Tracking
About the boats, we can see that with these muscular upwind conditions, the downwind fast runners were left behind, that the First 44.7 continues to lead on real time and that two cruising boats, a Cavalier 45 and a really old SS 39 are showing to the racing boats that with heavy weather, upwind, with short crew, they can beat them.
The SS 39, sailed by an old couple is making an incredible race and they are leading in handicap in all categories. Chapeau to them
You can see an interview with them on a previous post about this race.
Last edited by PCP; 03-03-2012 at 08:32 AM.