Light winds continued to plague competitors in the final stages of the ANZ Auckland – Port Denarau yacht race. Race leader O Canada was last night predicted to finish about 10.30am today.
A report from Royal Akarana Yacht Club said:
“The finish boat will be heading out approximately 1.00am Friday morning to be on station for the finish of the Open 60 O Canada, estimated to be finishing sometime around 10.30am Friday.
“Most boats are shown on our ETA’s as Saturday and Sunday. However, these may be brought forward if the winds pick up.
“Many family and supporters are now in Denarau – so it would be great if you can make it down to the marina … for the arrival of O Canada.”
An earlier morning report from the race organisers of Royal Akarana Yacht Club said:
“Not much has changed since last night the boats are still floating around in a breeze averaging 4 knots from the west.
“The projected race results have altered dramatically this morning, as the front boats have stalled allowing the boats further behind to catch them up.”
Royal Suva Yacht Club entry Bare Essentials, skippered by Jan Partridge, was last night being predicted to finish early Sunday (see predictions on this page).
Sail-World reported O Canada’s lead had reduced.
There is no talk of the competitors running out of food or water. However, no doubt that will come if the pace does not pick up, Sail-World predicted..
In terms of course, all competitors are to the west of the rhumbline,
Ran Tan II is the most westerly, on quite an extreme course, with O’Canada pointing more for the finish and Wired trying to cover her options.
On rating the light winds are tending to favour the smaller yachts, as would be expected, with General Lee leading on IRC.
Seventeen yachts are taking part in the race, organised by Royal Akarana in association with Port Denarau Yacht Club.
by SUN FIJI SPORTSDESK