From anarchist Sarah during the HSBC Premier Coastal Classic Auckland-Russell
race last week.
Made it to Russell! Great day for the 30s, all three of them beat the record to Russell and beat all the 40 footers. Pretty unusual that the finish order should go: cats, 50 footers, 30 footers, 40 footers! First 30 in was the Elliott 9.55 Overload, launched 18 months ago, followed by the two Shaw 9s (pictured above0, Deep Throttle with Karma Police a minute behind. No official results yet but all three boats beat the 30 footer record of 11.5 hours by an hour or more.
Conditions were mostly 20 knots, some over 20, with KP’s top speed 19.9 knots and mostly sitting on about 14-16 knots under gennaker before a 20-mile beat into the Bay of Islands to the finish. It was a record-beating race: Alfa Romeo, the Reichel Pugh 100 footer, smashed the overall record (set by a cat) by 36 minutes, The record for the 120-mile race is now under 7 hours!