The Royal Akarana Yacht Club’s inaugural Ran Tan II Memorial Blue Water Championships will wrap up this weekend with the third and final race of the series starting at 1000 hours, Friday 15th November.
This is the first time the three race series has been run, and has been named after the Elliott 50 Ran Tan II which was a regular on the RAYC race course, taking part in all the offshore and distance races for years.
Ran Tan II was lost at sea in May 2019 after suffering damage and subsequently losing her keel in the middle of the Pacific Ocean en route to Los Angeles for the Transpac Race.
Ran Tan II owner/skipper and RAYC member Brian Petersen was honoured when approached to name the Blue Water Championship after his boat.
“I was blown away to be honest. I’ve always enjoyed racing in the RAYC events like Auckland Fiji, Auckland Noumea, Gold Cup, White Island, Yates Cup just to name a few, and Ran Tan II would have been on the start line for the Blue Water Championship if she was still here,” said Petersen.
“The Ran Tan II team will be very happy to see the boat receive such recognition. I feel very humbled that the Royal Akarana Yacht Club with it’s proud history of ocean racing has decided to ensure the Ran Tan II name lives on in this manner. On behalf of the Ran Tan II team, thank you so much,” continued Petersen.
The Ran Tan II Blue Water Championship gets its results from the PIC Coastal Classic (110nm), Bean Rock Race (35nm) and the Round White Island Race (320nm). Results are awarded for Line and PHRF, with the winners names engraved on the Ran Tan II Blue Water Championship trophy.
As it stands and prior to the final race, the Kerr 40 Carerra is leading on line and the Elliott 10.5 Motoboat II is in control of the PHRF division. However Carerra has opted to miss the Round White Island Race which means that the line prize is on offer.
The Ran Tan II Memorial Blue Water Championship will run every year and will incorporate the PIC Coastal Classic, a Gold Cup Race, and which every longer race RAYC runs in November. While this year is the Round White Island Race, it could be the Yates Cup (250nm), Akarana 350 (350nm) or even the 600 miler, the Three Kings Race.
The Round White Island Race fleet will be using the PredictWind Tracker which is via the race website – www.rayc.co.nz/whiteisland