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Leg 2 Report

04 Mar 2017

Leg 2 of this race bought out of the conditions - 40 knots in Cook Strait, huge parking lots, big tidal rips you name it the competitors experienced it. After an early evening start from Mangonui, some boats pushed a lot of tide to get around the top of the island. The fleet spread out as the lead boats pulled away more and more, and the middle to back of the fleet parked up off Manukau for hours and hours. Some even went for a swim - anything to escape the heat and the slap slap of sails on a boat going nowhere. Boats reported seeing dolphins and whales along the west coast, and Laissez Faire withdrew from racing as the blue fin tuna were calling. 

Going nowhere was better than what Ran Tan 11 and Miss Scarlet experienced once they got to Cook Strait. With light winds and tide against them, Ran Tan 11 lost miles as they went backwards, and sideways in the tide. Ilex made a pit stop in New Plymouth due to steering issues, then rejoined the fleet before overnighting in Marlborough Sounds for a rest. That was a sensible option compared to the Cook Strait conditions that a few boats in the middle of the fleet experienced. Squealer had major problems but managed to recover and motor into Wellington. Spearhead and The Guarantee got the worst of the conditions with 40 - 50 knots coming into Wellington harbour. Those conditions lasted only a few hours so the next boats had an easier time.