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Update on Itchy Feet

Itchy Feet continues to make good progress, even though they are travelling at 90 degrees to the course to Fiji. Itchy Feet called Race Director Sally Garrett at 21:45 last evening (Tuesday 7th June). At the time they were making good progress in 35 knots gusting 50 knots under storm jib. All is well, and [...]

Itchy Feet searching for cocktails

An email has just been received from Itchy Feet: Hi everyone, slow progress over the last few days. We've seen some weather and seas which have slowed us down. All good though, taking it easy and looking after things. Probably be like this for another day or so. Plan is to head north west past [...]

Miss Scarlett’s slow going explained

Overnight the big gains have been made by Gary Lewis’s 88 footer Shaman, the cruiser is currently in second place on line behind Giacomo. Between 10pm last night and 7am this morning the crew increased their lead over 3rd placed Ran Tan II by 17nm. Shaman must have found her conditions as she averaged 12.4 [...]

Giacomo breaks monohull record

The second boat to cross the finish line of ANZ Sail Fiji 2016 was Jim Delegat’s Volvo 70 Giacomo. The crew had to complete a few tacks as they made their way through the reef and eventually crossed the finish line at 09:53:19 on Tuesday 7th June. Their elapsed time was 2 days 22 hours [...]

Team Vodafone Sailing smashes record

Team Vodafone Sailing have smashed the ANZ Sail Fiji record to become the fastest boat ever to sail from Auckland to Denarau! Simon Hull and his team crossed the finish line at Port Denerau at 22:31:03 on Monday 6th June just 59 hours 31 minutes and 3 seconds after the start on Saturday 4th June. [...]

Team Vodafone Sailing tracker at 2%

Team Vodafone Sailing may not have another tracking update. Their unit has been drained of power and is currently at 2% battery life. All other units are between 77-89%. We will do our best to keep you updated regarding their imminent finish time. The finish boat is on station and the Royal Akarana Yacht Club [...]

Itchy Feet causes head scratching

ANZ Sail Fiji is set to receive the first finisher tonight, but one boat has the attention of the Race Committee more than others at the moment. Itchy Feet have made a radical move heading west through throughout day two of the race. While it may seem a little different to the rest of the [...]

State of the Trades

ANZ Sail Fiji Race Director Sally Garrett has not moved far from her computer since the start of the race at 1100 hours on Saturday 4th June. Constantly monitoring the fleet, and studying the conditions as they change, Garrett has provided the following update: "Team Vodafone Sailing could finish as early as 2230 hours tonight. But [...]

Injury on board Anarchy

Anything can happen during an offshore race, so when Royal Akarana Yacht Club race management team member Suellen Hurling received a call from AJ Reid, owner and skipper of Anarchy, she prepared for whatever update was thrown her way. "Suellen it's AJ. Wow it's crazy out here! We all have goggles on whenever we are [...]

Time to head east?

At 0900 hours on Monday 6th June at Raoul Island (200 nm due east of the fleet) the wind direction was 90 degreed with at a speed of 13 knots. Both the of most used models on the boats GFS and GEM show a similar wind direction (102 deg and 105 deg), but higher wind [...]