The 2009 race will be remembered for fast rides and records broken, amongst those records 1st division will read 1st, 2nd and 3rd all 30ft canting keel yachts, Overload, Karma Police and Deep Throttle, all 3 beating Extremes 1996 time of 11 : 31 : 36. Also enjoying the brisk off shore breeze were Pied Pipers, Kite Surfers and Peter Burling and Blair Tuke in their 49er.
Louis Tapper Sets off to Kite Surf from Auckland to the Bay of Islands. Cathy Vercoe LuvMyBoat
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke completed the 120nm Coastal Classic course sailing alongside the top competitors. Although Alfa Romeo was long gone, the 49er crew battled with the 50fters, leading this group at Cape Brett, but losing their lead after their second pitchpole of the trip. We present images taken from their support boat..
Peak speed was over 20kts and the 120nm trip took around nine and a half hours with four capsizes and two pitchpolings. A great effort.
Martin Tasker Report
From anarchist Sarah during the HSBC Premier Coastal Classic Auckland-Russell race last week.
Made it to Russell! Great day for the 30s, all three of them beat the record to Russell and beat all the 40 footers. Pretty unusual that the finish order should go: cats, 50 footers, 30 footers, 40 footers! First 30 in was the Elliott 9.55 Overload, launched 18 months ago, followed by the two Shaw 9s (pictured above, Deep Throttle with Karma Police a minute behind. No official results yet but all three boats beat the 30 footer record of 11.5 hours by an hour or more.
Conditions were mostly 20 knots, some over 20, with KP’s top speed 19.9 knots and mostly sitting on about 14-16 knots under gennaker before a 20-mile beat into the Bay of Islands to the finish. It was a record-beating race: Alfa Romeo, the Reichel Pugh 100 footer, smashed the overall record (set by a cat) by 36 minutes, The record for the 120-mile race is now under 7 hours!
Frantic Drift Finish 2 HSBC Premier Coastal Classic Auckland to Russell 2009 Cathy Vercoe LuvMyBoat
Taeping 12 HSBC Premier Coastal Classic Auckland to Russell 2009 Cathy Vercoe LuvMyBoat
Alfa Romeo Finish 4 HSBC Premier Coastal Classic Auckland to Russell 2009 Cathy Vercoe LuvMyBoat