Earlier today ANZ Sail Fiji Race Management reported that Kia Kaha had retired from the race after suffering damage and were heading to Opua.

They are making solid ground towards Opua and has less than 200 km to go.

As a precaution, the boat is currently checking with Taupo Maritime via HF radio every 2 hours and their tracker is being updated every five minutes.

The weather in the area has been described as rough, but further west the wind has already began to drop with a decrease at the Cape Reinga  to wind speeds in the mid teens.

ANZ Sail Fiji will keep you updated on their progress.