From onboard one of the all time classics, Ragtime, on their tour Down Under…
The Fusion Round White Island Ocean Race started off the Akarana Yacht Club, Friday night, 7:00 PM at the end of a large pier. Close in quarters with one end of the starting area a seawall. Got off the line OK, not great but it is a little harder with the strong incoming tide, a short, steeply angled line favoring a “land” start, and a few new crew members. Besides our race, Friday night beercans were underway in the harbor, and a crowd of boats out. After the start, winded out through a heap (look at me speak Kiwi) of islands on the way out to the headlands that form the eastern boundary of the Hauraki Gulf. Very scenic, and we had a good getaway avoiding the incoming tide and putting some distance on faster boats.