Great to see our friends on Stewart Island out sailing - how many of the optis have been named Motorboat I wonder???This was an exciting weekend!
Despite the wintery day, we were cheered by the sight of bright white sails in Halfmoon Bay.
After years of dreaming and months of planning, yesterday’s freight ferry delivered seven Optis (Optimist yachts) so the island school children can learn how to sail.
A very knowledgeable “Opti” guy delivered the boats and spent this morning teaching some local kids how to handle them.
Island businesses and individuals have sponsored the boats (and donated storage space) and numerous people have helped make this happen... names and thanks forthcoming in the next issue of SIN. ... See MoreSee Less
Already planning your next shorthanded challenge after RNI2020? Or been there done that 3 times already and need a new challenge? Well the New Caledonia Groupama race is June 2020 and they have added a shorthanded division! 2 or 3 crew allowed. Check out www.groupamarace.nc for more details. ... See MoreSee Less
Check out this awesome C U Later Yachting race wrap from the Chains Ropes & Anchors Enduro!Ever wondered what life on board an 8m race yacht is like. Check out the SSANZ Enduro 2019 from the C U Later. Wait till the end for the stars of the show! ... See MoreSee Less
Wired Racing took the double - here is race wrap up from them! #ssanzenduro- Wired Racing #ssanzenduro wrap up.
Well the mighty Wired is safely back on the dock and Angus & Tiny have been able to catch up on some much needed rest. What a great few days it has been, the lead up and preparation to get a 52ft canting keeler (normally sailed by 14 people)ready to race takes a bit of preparation and is mentally demanding not to mention physically demanding. On the wind all the way to the Poor Knights we stuck to a game plan of running along the Shore, maximising the lifts and knocks, we hoisted the A2 after rounding the top and all was looking good but the longer martin breaker we had set up to avoid having to go out to the end of the prod tripped the tack somehow and we we’re straight into a letterbox drop and managed to get the 320sqm of sail down the hatch with out getting it too wet. Straight up with the A4 and then the breeze was fizzling. A quick re pack of the A2 we decided to peel back and everything came a lot more stable. We sailed about 20nm out to sea and as the rain squall (with 50degree wind shift) came through we gybed and were on lay for Cuvier. A great sail down wind with the kite sheet locked off and steering along at 150T doing 12-14kts of boat speed. Angus got the fishing line out and then we managed to sail into a rather large hole about 10nm from Cuvier. A swift change to the MHO and we were back off again after a couple hours of drifting. Rounded Cuvier just on dusk and had a great sail back up towards Cape Barrier where we lifted all the way round to channel island, a final tack and on lay to the finish. Fatal mistake of the night was calling up the race committee to inform them we were an hour away from the finish. Needles to say we sat 0.6nm from the finish for the best part of 3hrs going round in circles with no steerage, trying to make the most of every puff that came through, finally crossed the line at 0347. We dropped sails and motored over to whom we thought was Jon Henry on Ma’ara but turned out to be a raft up ofMotorboat, urban cowboy, T. rex. The guys invited us along side and we enjoyed a few rums until the sun started to come up. After a bit of sleep a great day was to be had as further boats finished the race and came along side. Huge thanks to owners of Wired for allowing Angus and I to sail and compete with their yacht, Huge thanks to our wives for giving us a leave pass, huge thanks to Grant Macduff and Chaines Ropes and anchors who sponsor an amazing event, huge thanks to all the hard working team at Shorthanded Sailing Association of New Zealand whom make these events possible, Huge thanks to Live Sail Die whom take some amazing shots and videos. Congratulations to all those who competed and crossed the line and to thouose who didn’t. ... See MoreSee Less
A nice job from the boys Clockwork Racing getting 3rd on line and handicap in the Longhaul fleet! Cheers to Chains Ropes & Anchors for sponsoring the Enduro!Great SSANZ Enduro for Clockwork with Jamie and Chris (replacing Steve who was watching live from afar) coming 3rd in a pretty decent fleet. Looked like a pretty tough race with plenty of retirements and some seriously testing drifts conditions. although it seemed beer was a secret to success judging from Jamie’s glow during 7am beersies! Great job from the SSANZ team and CRA for the sponsorship. Awesome event! ... See MoreSee Less
A few photos from the beach BBQ and prizegiving of the Chains Ropes and Anchors Enduro. Thanks to all the competitors that made it to the finish in time for prizegiving, the helpers for cooking the BBQ, Scottie for the lights, generator and sounds and most of all our sponsor Chains Ropes and Anchors! ... See MoreSee Less
44 minutes late but they made it round the track and most importantly have qualified for the #RNI2020, well done lads!Well, we made it! Crossed the finish line at 2244. 44 minutes outside the official time limit which is very frustrating 😐. The most important thing though, is we got around the track which means we have officially qualified for the RNI which was really the whole objective. Really happy with how the boat went and how some of the improvements worked out. Congratulations to everyone that stuck at it and made it around. It was a massive effort. Will do a round up once we catch up on some sleep 😴 ... See MoreSee Less
The race wrap from Anarchy Racing with Father- Son combo AJ & Will onboard. #ssanzenduroSSANZ Enduro 250. We did manage to finish a slightly (🤪) frustrating race....after nailing the start (thanks to Rachel von Zalinski and the Live Sail Die team for the great start pictures), we had some match racing with Clockwok and Titanium up the Rangi channel. We then chose to NOT go through the Tiri channel, reasoning that bucking the tide while bashing upwind in 20 kts didn’t seem to make sense, but in hindsight it turned out to be pretty dumb:) Both Clockwork and Titanium went that way and made good gains. It was a long night of slog, slog, slog, and we weren’t particularly quick or smart, letting Clockwork get away. Somewhere off Whangarei heads we actually had to dip Titanium as they crossed on starboard. Morning saw Clockwork get around the Knights well ahead, and they picked up a good breeze going south in a Northerly. Sadly for us and Titanium (and everyone else), the breeze died as we rounded the islands - so we were left VMG running in light air with a very sloppy leftover sea. Titanium pretty much horizoned us by going further East, and we trailed them all the way down to the Mokes and past the Barrier. A halyard snarl up at the top of the mast meant some delays in setting Zeros, and a sojourn to the top by William Reid at about 3 in the morning. Finally crawled past Cuvier Island at dawn on Saturday (started Thursday evening), and it was a very long slow drift across to Channel Island, which we got around in pretty good shape in the afternoon. Titanium was held up for longer than us and we made some gains. Then it glassed out (AGAIN) on the approach to Waiheke. Still not sure how we did it, but with absolute mirror calm (thankfully no more leftover slop), we picked up some breeze well above the water and glided past Titanium, managing to hold onto this lead to the finish under A1 off Pakatoa Island in the dark. Congrats to Clockwork and Wired for sailing a great race, and also to anyone who finished what might having been the hardest (psychologically speaking) 2-handed race we’ve ever done. None of them are easy, Anarchy really does need 8 or 9 good sailors to sail efficiently, but this one will be remembered for providing plenty of frustration. But here’s the kicker. As a son/father combo, Will and I had an awesome experience. This kind of racing is relentless, as all the SSANZ competitors know too well, and hard on both the body and the mind. To do this as a family team is unforgettable and profound. So a huge thanks to Will for being unstoppable, highly capable, a great yachtie, and a fine human. Chapeau:) ... See MoreSee Less
And that’s a wrap - the #ssanzenduro is now complete for another year and what an epic few days it has been. Congratulations to all those that competed and stuck in there to finish the race! Well done to all those that have now qualified for the #RNI2020. Now because you all enjoyed the #driftoff so much we though we would let the crews have some fun getting home..... #breezeon Will post the final results on the website when they are available! Thanks for following the #ssanzenduro, bring on the triple series! ... See MoreSee Less