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Thanks for the effort, RC. Good to see another connection to IRL sailing. Hopefully that will bring some more participation to the races.


Hiya StuArt - yeps its certainly proving to be a lot of fun.

A couple of useful links to keep tabs on what is happening in the real race are:



The story of Leg 2 of the 2001 RNI will be one for the annals of offshore racing in New Zealand I am sure. 50% of the original starting line withdrew due to tough wind and sea conditions, some damage and a couple of injuries.Other boats sought shelter and a few of these, like Wairua;s Open Country rejoined the race when it was prudent to do so.

Arriving in the Cook Strait didn't mean plain sailing though... take a look at the attach pic of the number of course changes!!! They would be tiring if done SOLing and not IRL sailing!!

This message was received from WairuaExpress on Open Country:

"5 days at sea with everything that "huey" ( God of Wind) could throw at us!!

We resumed racing on Sunday 2.30 am with a nice kite ride heading south.
Approaching Cook strait- the wind started to build - up to 34 kts down wind.
As we approached the "Brothers" entrance to Cook Strait- things got a little wild!!

We broached - big time - We dipped the mast into the water - when it stood up \- the forestay with foil and No2 spinnaker - were not there!

the mast was still standing - and the 35kts was all that was holding the rig in place!

we ran the genoa halyards quickly forward and tensioned it off to keep the stick from falling off!
we continued under main sail 35 kts across Cook strait - before rigging a storm jib on a make shift stay sail .

we sail up the harbour with only a storm jib making over 60 tacks against a heavy tide to get to the finish.

we are in Wellington - without a forestay - but expect to have a new one fitted before the start tomorrow!

This has been quite an adventure
Cheers to all the SOL sailors - who,s thoughts and prayers are with us!"

SOL made a screengrab of a part of the marathon tacking and it is attached below (it was the thought of this huge effort that made one boat IRL pull out of the RNI!!)

--- Last Edited by RainbowChaser at 2011-03-01 09:37:03 ---
The real (as opposed to Virtual RNI) has been postponed by 1 hour to 1600 NZDT
SSANZ, the times should always be in UTC and I suppose you are saying that the race is postponed to 0300 hrs UTC which, however is too late notice for SOL
I would like to lodge an official complaint regarding the start of the North Island Leg 3.

I looked on the home page last night at 12pm and there was no statement of the start. Now I see that there was a start at 0200 this morning.

This is not fair to those of us in the European time zone. What appears to be a 3 hour notice period is insufficient to catch all sailors around the world.

My brother in boat Jawz started me off some 4 hours late because of this debacle.

The net result of this is that our overall ranking is blown away.

I suggest either a re-start or that this leg does not count towards the overall ranking.
I support Henry's complaint.

Where is the fairness here? I last looked earlam yesterday and saw that the race was not listed. To my horror, this morning at 6:30 I see that the race had started.

To say that I am really pissed at this short notice period is putting it rather mildly.

Thanks for nothing
I struggle when we finish in the middle of the night or a new weather pattern comes through again in the early morning. It was always going to be when SSANZ decided so i had to keep looking on their web which also states the stopover times. Links were place on SOL for this. Bonus i'm in NZ but keep this in mind for other starts in the northern hemisphere. :-)

--- Last Edited by NZL Otto at 2011-03-02 07:55:08 ---
SOL said it would run starts at the same time as the race IRL.
And has done exactly what it said it would to the best of its ability.
Well done (imho)

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