Our friend Zoe Hawkins send this great shot and description from the HSBC Premier Coastal Classic: Greer Houston, the owner of Dirty Deeds, said they were doing 18-19 knots and stuck it into the back of a Young 11’s wake. They went flying forward, the boat backed out and they carried on sailing. They went soft for about an hour then decided to man up. The finished 7th overall out of 200 – not bad for an 8.5m!
As for the rest of the event, since 1996 it’s seemed like the holy grail of coastal racing was pretty much unachievable. But this year two records tumbled in this HSBC Premier Coastal Classic, raced this weekend from Auckland to Russell in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. The first was set by the supermaxi Alfa Romeo, the first boat to sail the course in under seven hours. Dan Slater’s Frantic Drift also secured a new record for multihulls under 10.66m, getting in under eight hours and averaging over 17 knots for the duration of the 119nm course. www.coastalclassic.co.nz