Strong interest means up to 20 boats could be racing to Fiji on 1 June, including a contingent with something other than speed on their mind.
“We are encouraging cruisers to take part because it’s a fun trip in company,” says RNZYS Commodore Steve Burrett. “Cruisers like to keep their traveling flexible, and to make the most of good weather patterns, and we have endeavoured to accommodate those requests.”
Any boat entered in the Cruising division will be able to start from either Auckland or Opua, in a window between Tuesday 28 May, and Saturday 1 June. They simply call their start time in to Race HQ.
They’ll participate in race skeds, carry a Yellowbrick tracker so their friends and family can follow their progress online in real time, be able to take advantage of great offers for marinas and services at Musket Cove, and most importantly have access to customs and immigration clearance at Musket Cove itself – a great time saver.
Crews that live outside of Auckland will be able to participate in a special briefing session in Opua and the Opua Cruising Club will also provide a base for local starters, including customs, marina and full marine services.
“It’s definitely a case of the more the merrier and we invite all cruisers that are sailing north this year, to think about joining us in two months time,” says Steve Burrett.
A Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, and entry form is available on the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron website, www.rnzys.org.nz, or by calling the Race Office on 09 360 6809. The race is supported by Manson Anchors, PredictWind.com, Events Clothing, and TNL GAC Pindar. Entries close on 30 April.