The 2011 two-handed Round North Island race starts tomorrow in Auckland. A record-equalling
fleet of 38 boats will contest the race. The fleet ranges from the highly-pimped racing machines,
such as the new Cookson 50 Akatea down to more modest cruiser-racers, and the very game and
brave Whiting 29 Halo.
This race was partly Peter Blake’s inspiration and it commenced back in 1977. It’s become the
highlight of the New Zealand offshore sailing calendar.
The race rocks because it lets everyday people in normal boats experience a huge adventure and
have a competitive race against good sailors. There’s no bullshit and finishing 1300nm of two-
handed sailing will make everyone a winner.
There’s a lot of good boats but anarchists will enjoy following the progress of the two canting keel
sports boats Overload and Karma Police.
There’s information on the race and news on the SSANZ web site. Many of
the competitors also check in at crew.org.nz (http://www.crew.org.nz).