TeamVodafoneSailing has picked up speed and is now racing towards the finish of the ANZ Sail Fiji race at a speed of close to 25kts.
At 1115hrs on June 6, 2016, the 60ft trimaran had 250nm to sail to the finish line at Port Denerau.
No doubt keen to make the finish line in daylight if possible, the Simon Hull skippered ocean racer is expected to take 10hrs to finish if the current speed is able to be maintained. That gives an estimated finish time of 9.00pm NZT.
After a slower night when speeds dropped below 20kts TeamVodafoneSailing is expected to be sailing fast in the fresh SE trade winds averaging 23-25kts. The only factor that will prevent TeamVodafoneSailing faster is the sea-state and whether she has significant damage to her port daggerboard, which hit an unidentified underwater object on the first night at sea.
Unfortunately the port daggerboard is the operative board on starboard tack which TeamVodafonesailing has been sailing since clearing Great Barrier Island, after a start in light airs on Saturday morning.
The first monohull, the Volvo 70 Giacomo (Jim Delegat) is sailing at a more sedate 14-16knts and is heading almost due north to the finish line. She was 391nm from the finish at 11.00am on Monday.
Header Image: TeamVodafoneSailing skipper, Simon Hull is all concentration negotiating the traffic at the start of the ANZ Fiji Race © Richard Gladwell www.richardgladwell.com