Love letter to Anarchy

Roses are red, AJ's balls are blue. The distance is slowly growing between us... Because you are very slowly sailing upwind. At night I lay in my warm snuggly bed wishing I was there... And then I realise that it would have been me stapling AJ's balls back together and I vomit just a little. I [...]


Over the last 12 hours the remaining boats at sea have gone through the front that Itchy Feet passed through yesterday. Cotton Blossom II and Allegro are now in same area of low wind that Itchy Feet experienced yesterday afternoon. While Itchy Feet remains in light southerlies and has another 5 days at sea to [...]

Shaman crew arrive

It was rowdy, it was loud, and the crew from Shaman enjoyed their time on board the 88 foot cruiser racer all the way to Fiji. Shaman crossed the finish line at 20:46:36 on Wednesday 8th June, 4d 9h 46m 36s after the star on Saturday 4th June. We caught up with Gary Lewis before [...]

Shaman set to finish tonight

The 88 footer Shaman, with Gary Lewis at the helm, will be the next boat to cross the finish line. At 1400 NZT she had 64nm to run and is sailing at 11 knots. Shaman has been a consistent performer through the race, with boat speeds amongst the top four monohulls. Her track east of [...]

Email correspondence with Itchy Feet

Image Above: You can see Itchy Feet is emerging from a thick high cloud (very white = cold and high) associated with the front. While the main fleet is in clear skies as they head into the trades. The northern extension of the front will pass over the fleet early on Thursday morning. -----Original Message----- From: "Sally [...]

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 [...]