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Speaking of  the Coastal Classic, how about racing a 49er in a 120 mile offshore race? And kicking ass? It happened. This great story from Sunlive.

Since New Year, Peter Burling (18) and Blair Tuke (20) have had the idea of sailing the Coastal Classic Auckland to Russell race on Labour Weekend in their 49er skiff.

Peter and Blair have been sailing the 49er together for over 12 months aiming for the 2012 Olympics. The 49er is a high performance skiff with the focus being on speed rather than endurance.  Read on.