Fleet to restart 3pm
02 Mar 2011
Organisers of the SSANZ Round the
North Island two-handed yacht race are waiting out the storm which is currently
lashing Wellington, aiming to start the third leg of the race this afternoon at
3pm. The next leg is 205 miles around Cape Palliser and Cape Kidnappers to
Race organisers have been told the gale-force winds Wellington is currently experiencing are due to peak around midday, as a trough crosses central New Zealand, then subside enough to get the 21-boat fleet away in a 25 knot northwesterly. There is then a narrow weather window of high pressure and southwesterlies which will hopefully get the boats to Napier before strong winds return to the Castlepoint sea area.
The majority of the fleet has spent three days in Wellington recovering from the second leg, on which the boats experienced headwinds of up to 40 knots all the way down the west coast. Two yachts were dismasted, several others had keel problems, and one sailor was injured and taken to hospital at New Plymouth. The last yacht to finish, 40 foot Mummery design Caper, withdrew at the entrance to Wellington Harbour on Monday when the crew decided they had had enough of going upwind.