The odds are good for nimble multihull TeamVodafone Sailing to break its race record in the Coastal
Classic dash from Auckland to Russell on Friday, but skipper Simon Hull isn't talking up his chances.
"If it's a good forecast, which it is, then it will turn bad," Hull predicts. "But it's looking hopeful for a
similar sort of race to last year, so we have got to have a chance at slicing at least a few minutes off
Last year, the Orma60 trimaran set a race record of five hours, 44 minutes and 31 seconds. The boat
averaged 20 knots for the 119 nautical mile race, reaching a top speed of 34.8 knots.
Hull foresees this year's conditions as being a little lighter than 2011. But PredictWind weather
routing has the first boat finishing well under five hours.
"We had a slow period last year - it really lightened off from halfway up from Tutukaka to Cape
Brett. If it's looking the same we'd go wider again," Hull says. "We'll try to be out at Poor Knights.
Last time we were pretty close but we'll try to be right out at the right hand side of the track so
when it lightens we have that bit more latitude to stay off. Apart from that we'll run it pretty
TeamVodafone Sailing spent much of the winter across the Tasman, competing in the Airlie Beach
and Hamilton Island regattas. Its build-up to the Coastal has been regular Wednesday and Friday
night racing on Auckland's harbour.
The NZMYC Coastal Classic will start with around 174 entries at 10am on off Devonport Wharf - 151
monohulls and 23 multis.
Another Orma60 will line up this year, the more cruising oriented Titi Nui, with big multis Impreza
and Fruition challenging for minor honours.
Among the monohulls, V5 is picked as favourite to take out line honours in Division 1, with
competition from Wired, Georgia, Ran Tan and Kia Kaha.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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