With half the Around New Zealand race now behind us we are all set for the 3rd leg restart at 2pm today. Titanium holds the lead with Motorboat II in second place out of the 7 boat fleet.
Motorboat II, our little 1980s wooden sailboat is actually in better shape then when we started the race 2 weeks ago even after a brutal leg which involved us suspending racing at 2 separate times to seak shelter from severe conditions at the bottom of NZ.
180nm out from the finish and in the frigid waters of the southern ocean, our 3m carbon bowsprit broke off which triggered a remarkable story of camaraderie and support within New Zealand’s marine scene. While tied to the back of a rusty fishing boat in Chalky inlet with 45kts blowing down the fiord and communicating via sat phone we learned of the developments unfolding in Auckland 1000nm away. A new carbon bowsprit was getting custom made for us by Bart and luke at NZ rigging on a Sunday out of Carbon supplied by Sean Jefferies at Gurrit. Then on top of this, it was getting hand delivered the length of NZ to ensure it didny get lost and arrived on time by AJ Reid the owner of the legendary 37ft race boat Anarchy.
The race was now on to try and beat our new prod to Stewart Island 180nm away. We lost that race and AJ along with a bottle of rum and our bowsprit were waiting for us at the dock under 2 days after our call for help.
Now I should also note that all of this didn’t cost us a cent! Only in NZ eh?
Huge thanks to everyone involved for getting us back out here at full strength, we will give it everything we have in the next to legs of the race! Here is the full story from live sail die on how it all unfolded….