Galeforce “First night out of Stewart Island was the coldest sailing I have ever done! Extremely light winds and bitterly cold. Gloves, balaclavas, all the thermals on etc. There was no moon for this leg. The skies were mostly clear, and the stars were amazing. We never even saw the south island! Too far offshore.
Until the last night we felt we had a good shot at a PHRF leg win. It wad pretty devastating to get the breeze shut down and see the Motorboat had just made it around kidnappers and was creeping away.
Generally champagne sailing. Had a reef in for about 30 mins when reaching, but other than that, always the big gear.”