The 320 nautical mile Round White Island Race hosted by Royal Akarana Yacht Club is on again with 22 boats set to hit the start line at 1000 hours on Friday 15th November.
The Round White Island Race takes the fleet from the starting area in Orakei to the Bay of Plenty, round White Island, and back to Auckland.
RAYC on water coordinator Nic Finlayson said the fleet lining up was full of top contending boats, including a group of Shorthanded Sailing Association of New Zealand’s Round North Island Race entrants who are using the race as additional training ahead of the event which starts on the 26th February 2020.
“So far we have an impressive fleet and a great mix of fully crewed and shorthanded teams,” said Finlayson.
“A lot of teams are using this race as prep for the Round North Island race which means we have a great shorthanded division for this edition,” continued Finlayson.
The Ross 8m C U Later, owned by Logan Fraser, is hitting the start line for the Round White Island Race.
“We love this race because it means we can get out of the harbour and stretch the legs a bit. It’s a great distance race and gives you the chance to settle in and race in a different area of water and down a different coastline,” said Fraser, speaking of the Bay of Plenty area where not many races venture to.
“We love to push it hard, get wet and be out of our comfort zone! The are working up to take on the ultimate challenge of the Round North Island, so the White Island race is the perfect build up,” continued Fraser, who is doing the race short handed with his regular team mate Niko Henry.
Each boat will be using the PredictWind Tracker so that they can monitor each other, as well as providing an insight into the race for virtual spectators online.
There is still time to enter the race, with the cut off being close of business today, Friday 8th November.
For more information visit www.rayc.co.nz/whiteisland
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