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Round the North Island 2020 . NZ.

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https://www.ssanz.co.nz/round-north-island-2020/

they have been running these races for a bit now, they limit the size as one of the stops on the East Coast has a small dock area for competitors...nothing like this in Australia....and the West coast and Cook strait are forbidding places at the best of times and even the East coast can provide its own excitment..  from small yacht son a budget through to the racing armchairs ...all two up...great racing

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It's a great event.  I've done shore crew/sailmaking for a few of them.  As I'm now living in Northland I'll be helping out at the first stop in Mangonui.  Great cameraderie between the crews.  It can be tough.

Rob Shaw had a tough beat to Wellington from Mangonui once.  Lack of sleep, big breeze etc.  Reckoned he knew he was in trouble when he thought he was sailing through the forecourt of a gas station......

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On 10/25/2019 at 7:51 AM, wal' said:

Rob Shaw had a tough beat to Wellington from Mangonui once.  Lack of sleep, big breeze etc.  Reckoned he knew he was in trouble when he thought he was sailing through the forecourt of a gas station......

... to get a pie.

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On 10/25/2019 at 7:51 AM, wal' said:

It's a great event.  I've done shore crew/sailmaking for a few of them.  As I'm now living in Northland I'll be helping out at the first stop in Mangonui.  Great cameraderie between the crews.  It can be tough.

Rob Shaw had a tough beat to Wellington from Mangonui once.  Lack of sleep, big breeze etc.  Reckoned he knew he was in trouble when he thought he was sailing through the forecourt of a gas station......

That was 2011 awful beat south, caused a lot of damage and retirements. 

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Im racing. Should be awesome, great fleet of boats (40) and lots around our 35’ size. We (Gale Force) will be one of four 1050s racing, which should add a bit of excitement. 

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Race Start 22.02.20 


With less than one month until the 2020 Evolution Sails Round North Island Yacht Race, anticipation is 
starting to build for the 38 boats entered in the fleet with the official release of the provisional 
divisions for the race.


Division One will include Wired, a Bakewell-White 15.85, Kia Kaha, a TP52, Miss Scarlet, a Reichel 
Pugh IRC52, Blink, a Shaw 12, Mr Kite, a Cape 40, Anarchy, a BW40 and Relapse, a Young 50. We can 
expect some fierce racing in this all-star division that’s heavily represented by family combinations 
including father and daughter Chris Hornell and Rebecca Gmuer-Hornell on Kia Kaha, father and son 
combinations AJ and Will Reid on Anarchy and Mark and Ash Edwards on Relapse.


In division two we have Clockwork, a Bakewell-White 37, and Titanium and Serena, both Thompson 
38’s, Deep Throttle, a Shaw 9, Krakatoa II, a Pogo 40, Higher Ground, a Ross 10.66, Activator, a 
Hauraki 45, Laissez-Faire II, a Beneteau First 47.7, and Satellite Spy & Urban Cowboy, both Ross 40’s. 
For this division, conditions will play a massive role in finishing order both on line and handicap with 
Krakatoa II skippered by Matt Flynn and Scott Wilson favoured if conditions deliver sustained 
reaching and running legs, Clockwork, Titanium and Serena will be fighting hard for overall line hours 
and Laissez-Faire II and Activator likely to perform well on handicap if the wind delivers mostly 
upwind conditions.


In division three we have Motorboat II, an Elliott 10.5, Atamai, a Beneteau First 44.7, Odyssey V, a 
Young 12, The Guarantee, a Ross 1066, Katana, a Sunfast 3600, Truxton, a Tiller 35, Waka, a
Thompson 850 and a massive Elliott 1050 representation rounding out this division with Gale Force, 
High Voltage, Sniper and Kick. Motorboat II will be pushing hard for line honours in this fleet but the 
most intense battle for line and bragging rights will be amongst the Elliott 1050s. Also likely to be 
pushing hard and not to be underestimate are The Guarantee or Truxton who both have solid RNI 
history on their sides.


Lastly, in division four we have solid representation of Bruce Farr Designs including Coppelia and 
Arbitre, both Farr 11.6’s, Duty Free, a Farr 1220, Fifth Dimension, a Beneteau First 36.7 and 
Distraction, a Farr 1020. Also, in this division, we have Am Meer, a Bavaria 38, Start Me Up, a Ross 
930, Pelagian II, a Stewart 34 and the fleets two smallest boats, C U Later, a Ross 8m and Moving 
Violation, an Elliott 7.9m.

With such a diverse division from throughout New Zealand, the conditions 
will also play a significant role in determining the line and handicap results in this division.
With thirty-three feet separating the largest to smallest yacht in the fleet and very competitive 
divisions some exceptional racing can be expected across each of the four legs of the race. 
Supporters will be able to follow the race through the YB Trackers on each boat and via the SSANZ 
Facebook and Instagram Accounts.


With just 30 days to go until the start of the race, excitement is building across our fleet of skippers 
and final touches are being put into the boats to ensure they are race ready. The out of town boats 
have now started to arrive in Auckland from Wellington, Nelson, Waikawa and Christchurch.

Anticipation for the start continues to build!

 

RNI Background


The SSANZ Two Handed Round North Island Race (RNI), proudly sponsored by Evolution Sails, is New 
Zealand’s most iconic yachting challenge and the 2020 edition will feature 38 yachts from 28 to 52 
feet. This is 13th edition of the race, 43 years after the inaugural event was first planned by Sir Peter 
Blake and Martin Foster! 


The race starts in Auckland with the first leg to Mangonui in the far north (154NM), Leg 2 is from 
Mangonui to Wellington (550NM), Leg 3 from Wellington to Napier(200NM), and the final leg from 
Napier returning to Auckland (367NM). The race is expected to take approximately 2 weeks in total 
to complete. 


Thirty-three feet separate the smallest to largest boat, so the diversity of this fleet will bring with it 
not only great line honours racing for the larger yachts but an epic handicap battle across the fleet. 
With 26 of the total 38 yachts between 34 and 40 feet we can expect some very tight racing in the 
middle of the fleet and each leg will go down to the wire on handicap.


Making it to the start line of this epic race is a challenge in itself. Each yacht must have a Category 2 
Safety Certificate issued by Yachting New Zealand, have completed a 250 Nautical Mile qualifying 
passage with both Co-Skippers on board. The Co-Skippers must both also complete Advanced First 
Aid training, Advanced Sea Survival qualifications, and provide a medical certificate deeming them fit 
to compete. Each yacht must meet an extensive list of safety requirements and have completed 
safety drills, all of which are in addition to preparing the boat to ensure it is ready for this epic race 
and getting as many miles under the keel as possible two handed before the race. Many of the fleet 
used the SSANZ Anzac Enduro Race as their qualifying race and have also used the SSANZ Lewmar 
Triple Series, PIC Coastal Classic, RAYC White Island Race and other races to build up two handed 
time on their path to the start.

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Father - daughter DH on a TP52.  That deserves a "wow".  Eager to follow this one.

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It's going to be epic. Just the battle between the 35'ers will be tight as shit, although the 50s will all be close as well. The  crews in  the smaller boats are brave motherfuckers, the west coast on a shitty day is no joke. 

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On 2/8/2020 at 4:33 PM, Alcatraz5768 said:

It's going to be epic. Just the battle between the 35'ers will be tight as shit, although the 50s will all be close as well. The  crews in  the smaller boats are brave motherfuckers, the west coast on a shitty day is no joke. 

As long as they avoid being on the wind in places where they will be fucked over they will be fine,  i.e. North Cape, East Cape, Palliser, Cook Straight, West Coast etc.

 

Just kidding! I wish  them well, I dont have the balls to do it in anything under 60 feet without a paid crew :)

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1 week tomorrow we are off! Been cooking up some curry and a chilli to keep us going if the wind is light.

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Heh heh......... 1st leg looks (long way off I know yet)..... like a nice gentle beam reach up the coast to get you started

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On 2/1/2020 at 8:03 AM, Roleur said:

Father - daughter DH on a TP52.  That deserves a "wow".  Eager to follow this one.

I just noticed that too. https://www.ssanz.co.nz/round-north-island-2020/kiakaha/

So at some point Dad has got to get some sleep - leaving his 20 year old daughter single handing a TP52. I mean, that's pretty hard core, really.

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On 2/16/2020 at 7:39 PM, RantyDave said:

I just noticed that too. https://www.ssanz.co.nz/round-north-island-2020/kiakaha/

So at some point Dad has got to get some sleep - leaving his 20 year old daughter single handing a TP52. I mean, that's pretty hard core, really.

Yes that’s pretty hectic!

 

How broad are the SH mods? Must be considerable

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So " the daughter" has been sailing on the boat (and other fast 50s) for years. Most recent trip was a leg on the Maiden voyage out of NZ. Chris will be letting her do all the work!

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looks a small reasonable challenge....just go around the north island turning to the left as you go.... and its a race......

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TP52 with girl power currently leading corrected overall.  Awesome.

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What's up with High Voltage and Duty Free?  Looks like Duty Free turned around and High Voltage bore off to intercept.  That doesn't bode well.  

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1 hour ago, Roleur said:

What's up with High Voltage and Duty Free?  Looks like Duty Free turned around and High Voltage bore off to intercept.  That doesn't bode well.  

" At 5am this morning High Voltage lost their rudder off Cape Brett. The girls are both ok. The boat is not taking on water. Viki has spoken to the Rescue Coordination Centre and Coastguard is going to head out from Kerikeri to go and tow them in. The weather conditions are good and sun is about to rise. They are drifting away from the shore so in no danger. Duty Free (another competitor in the race) is standing by to help if required. I’ll update when I have more info. The girls will have their hands full at the moment and we’ve direct contact with them. Please don’t try to call them directly. I’ll give regular updates when I can. #rni2020
@ssanz_inc "

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Well those young guys on Moving Violation are showing they have big brass balls!!

Over 170n.m. from land in an Elliot 7.9, probably a world record for that class of boat.

I'm guessing their plan is to be first boat into a smoking northerly and I hope it works for them, and that they have a mast head symmetrical chute that they can go pole back with and have a brilliant ride down the track.

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