Rob Shaw is doublehanding the Shaw 40 Blink in the Round the North Island Race. Here is his update on leg one/preview leg two, which started today at lunchtime. After 8 hours in quite light conditions they have covered about 50 miles – Blink is in the lead as they head for Cape Reinga and the long ride down the west coast to Wellington. Expected to take about 3 days.
It’s shaping up to be a great second leg in the two-handed Round the North Island race – forecast is for a very quick trip down the west coast to Wellington. Our weather guru has told us to expect a run out of the start up to North Cape, then a reach across the top of the island before being on the wind for a short while down the west coast before the breeze swings around for us to reach again. This will be a bit of a contrast to the 2011 race, when we were on the wind all the way to Wellington, before a smacking storm in the Cook Strait.
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