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Dolled Up


The HSBC Premier Coastal Classic from Auckland to Russell started yesterday and five hours into the race
and for one reason or another, more than a quarter (70 boats) of the fleet
have already pulled out. The breeze is 20-30 knots from the north-east,
so a good headwind, but in most cases it’s the seastate and not
the wind strength that is the problem. As the smaller boats get closer
to Kawau we’re expecting more to drop out. Need for Speed (aka Predictweather.com)
was first to radio in at Flat Rock, ahead of the big fifty footers. Race
website is www.coastalclassic.co.nz.
Pictured is Living Doll, the new Farr 55 built by Cookson Boats and launched
last week for Melbourne owner Michael Hiatt.