Upwind blast carries Team Australia to victory

Team Australia has won the 2013 PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic, New Zealand, arriving at Russell Wharf eight hours and 15 minutes after the start gun was fired in Auckland, and nearly 37 minutes ahead of New Zealand’s TeamVodafone Sailing. Organised by the New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club, the iconic 119nm race starts off Devonport Wharf in Auckland, New Zealand, and finishes off Russell Wharf in the Bay of Islands.

Over 160 boats participated but as the sun set on the first day of racing, only Team Australia and TeamVodafone had finished. For about 20 per cent of the fleet, the race took more than 24 hours - one of the longest in a number of years - and 29 boats did not finish the race, either retiring or still on the course at the cut off.

Omega 8, owned by Scott McLaren and representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, took top handicap honours in the monohull fleet, winning the brand new North Sails trophy for its efforts. Spitfire won Division 2 on handicap, RnB took the double in Division 3, and the modified Ross 930 No Worries in Division 4. Sigma 2 won Division 5 on PHRF. Fruition was the first multihull on handicap, while Cotton Blossom II was the first Bay of Islands boat to arrive home. Elevation was the smallest boat to finish.

For the full results, go to: coastalclassic.co.nz
Photography: Ivor Wilkin

Coastal Classic 2013
Team Australia powering to the lead ahead of Team Vodafone Sailing

Coastal Classic 2013
Numerous divisions saw a fleet of more than 160 vessels participate in New Zealand’s iconic Coastal Classic from Auckland to Russell

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