Zora's RNI Summary
20 Mar 2008
Better than any coastal!
Well Done Brian and Team
Not Negotiable, Waka, Ran Tan
The Real Winners, Top Flight parking in Westhaven.
Zora's RNI report
Zora is 45ft , 11.2 Ton dry weight cruising yacht from the board of JJ Design. These guys have been designing yachts for about 40 years. Amongst their achievements is the
We started a day late and for us a few knots short. We were ready to go on the Saturday 50 knots or more. However the race director saw it wise to delay the start until the wind had gone. Sunday 10am we're off. Bloody feeder fell out and we are stranded over the start like a stranded proa trying to feed the headsail. While the rest of the fleet head east we are heading back to the start and bugger me going the wrong way. If there is one thing that I have learnt from sailing with the champs is minimize your losers. Turn the corner and we are back with BooBoo at Northhead and back in the game. Reach up the channel to Tiri then slight crack to Rodney (
By the last corner we have overhauled them and storming to the finish of leg 1
Up with the genni and carry this puppy as lonnnng as we can. Closing on North Cape only Waka has a genni still up and heading for
What's that over there? A slow moving bird. No. it?s a plane. What's a plane doing out here? PETE, PETE it?s coming this way quick look as if we are sailing, could be a camera on board UUUURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. Shit they are low. Turn up channel 16. "Yacht 8695 we have just flown over do you copy?" crap that's us. Copy air force Orion what's up? "Have you seen, had contact with, sailing yacht Nevenka? No. Are they lost? "They have not reported in during the last 24hours, do you know were they are?" No, sorry, seams Nevenka had dropped there sails and gone down stairs for some home brew and crackers. Later they would tell me that the Orion flew so low they thought their back stay was in danger of a clipping. So out they go and start waving like drunken yobs at the plane, uuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr around they come again, finally they tune to 16 and let them know all is well, they know exactly where they are, the same place as the day before. Waiting for the wind, a day or so later the wind would arrive and Nevenka would storm down the west coast with 2 reefs and a shredded headsail in 40-50knots, yeha!
Meanwhile back in the land of slip slap slop, we have the #3 headsail and a strapped main pumping our way south. If only we had an SSB we could have seen that most of the fleet had headed for
70 odd miles off the coast the ocean has sent us some whales to keep us company then just off our port bow this huge tail appears as one goes for a dive, Sunset and 5 green flashes later the breeze has slowly built to 8knots, we can run a genni at this angle. Up she goes and off we go. Finally past
Our best run yet, as day breaks we have a nice 15knots just off our beam genni dragging us south. The day brings great sailing conditions a little swell has built as we cruise the odd wave 10's and 11's are common with a 13 down a nice northerly swell?? Not easterly, what's behind all this. Then as we sight Mt Egmont, Huey says by by again. The sound of rushing water is replaced with slip slop slap. Bow up a little keep the apparent working, not enough to fill the genni so back up with the headsail. Breeze is back, back up with the genni. Nice 15 ? 18 puffs to 20, poof the head blows out of the genni. Down with snuffer and kite Time, but no, the breeze is now 20 plus and the new kite is of a lighter weight than the genni. So pole out the headsail. Big Sigh, Oh well at least if it gets light we still can use the kite. Didn't have to wait long. 10knots, right, up with the kite, running a bit deeper to lay past New Plymouth, the kite is working well, breeze must be bending us around this corner a little and accelerating, now at 20knots again and we still have the kite on rolling a bit now and again, nice control thu, 30knots shit better get this off while it's still in one piece, snuffer time, just as Huey sends us 35knots. Poled out number 3, bring it on Huey, The glow of the gas rig is huge must be just over the horizon to seaward. Brothers are bearing straight ahead, Bugger shaved too close, should of gone south a bit more. 5 hours later we are still slip slop slapping in sight of Mt Egmont. Dawn in
20-30 Southerly. Lets go to Napier, yea why not only 3meters at the entrance.
Our conditions at last number 3 and a reef as we reach across Evans Bay Ran Tan has caught a nice puff and blasts thru the fleet. Turn the corner, Nevenka is also loving this crash and bash stuff. Staying left is the call pounding into a decent swell up and over Zora is climbing her way out of the harbour. Left turn is beam on to these swells and a couple of times we ship a little water, with one wave taking one of the life rings, better call the coast guard, don't want them looking for us when we are all fine.
Decided to pay homage to Huey, Davey Jones, Jack Sparrow and make an offering on this leg.
Round Cape Palliser heading for Castle Point, staying out to sea abit away from the chop is our call and by day break looks like a few others have done the same, either just cracked of hardon with the 3 and we are clocking 9's and 10's. While I'm trying to set the outboard sheet on the number 3 my favourite hat falls over the side. Oh well better bring us some luck.
Like a coiled spring. Note the Dodger is up Danaide!
Castle Point, Tick,
Caught trying to steal a Heine and popped his jacket
Round Kidnappers and my phone beeps, "F@#$ me. Logged on to see how you were doing and saw Zora wasn't last, Nearly fell off my chair!? Thanks Brett, Brett's the one who sails that P yacht, remember? He wrote a story for yachtyakka about the Balocivic. Cheeky bastard is Peter's reply.
One of the only
Huey is not finished with us yet, just as we set the kite for ride to the finish he sends a breeze from the SW??
What's this we have to tack to finish?
A beautiful day dawns and a light northerly is forecast. Mirror seas, we are out in plenty of time. Bloody feeder is still giving us grief. Up with the light 1 100 meters back from the line Bang 5min gun sounds. What?s this? They are starting us in no wind pushing tide! Be consistent please, postpone the start because of high winds for 17hours can?t wait 2 hours for some breeze. The more I look at this race the more I see light weighters are the go, those that are 10tonns or more are just cattle fodder. (ed note... Race winner "Sunstone" would hardly be considered a lightweight !")
There we were doing our stranded proa tricks again. The guys that had parked on the line were able to sneak away leebowing the current Ran Tan cants to leeward and Waka wins the pin. One by one they drift away leaving us Sunstone and Bushido to wallow, 39 minutes later we cross the start line as a gentle zephyr comes to our aid. Not a happy camper. As soon as we can lay the pin we tack heading out towards the middle of the bay where the air is building from. Tacking back onto port straight between some rocks on a sunken reef, we slowly pull back to the back markers. Bushido has had the worse start of the fleet getting stuck under the port. Slowly inch by inch we catch Topflight. Sunstone and Carenza have elected to tack north while we continue on out to sea. Nevenka is next. We can't point as high and in the soft breeze struggle to pass them. Sunstone has come back on a wicked lift and is way ahead. Bugger can't have that. The breeze is shifty about 40 degrees lets work these Pete, 12 tacks later we have put Nevenka and Sunstone behind us and are catching Escapology and Nonstop. Carenza and Topfilght are way behind heading to
Tack over and we are almost laying Gt Barrier. Glamour, Steady building breeze as we cross another yacht still on port., too far away to pick it out but looks like a 1050. Some hours later another big shift off
Hold the phone, another parkup is just ahead. Not wanting to get too close to Coromandel we stand off a bit into clear air, but Huey wants to send us a little parking lot before the SE kicks in. Both Mrs. Jones and us are drifting in while, now that's not fair!!! The Expressway guys have creep along the shore in the lee of the hills in pressure and pop out along way to weather and just in front.
Better celebrate this before it turns to shit again. OK going outside Rangi is 1 mile longer than going past Browns but the tide is turning and we will be pushing it. As we reach the Noises the breeze that is forecast to be 20 SE has died and bent aft, We can carry a genni in this, Expressway has opted for the longer track and heads for Takapuna. Mrs. Jones has seen what we have and are trying to go down the
Have you had the plotter checked? Does it really know where the rocks are? Lets hope so. We thread the needle boat lengths clear, but clear. The tide is really flowing now, rapids over the half submerged brown bits. Mrs. Jones has found a little puff to get her past us.
Expressway still be behind the Haystack. Using the tide to leebow us we managed to drift our way to St Heliers Gybe back just lay Bean Rock, Genni back on the bow and reach our down the harbour before the Stewarts come out for their sprints.
Powering to the finish a rib appears at high speed taking pics, we are fully powered up with the genni. Who's that with Steve in the Rib, Bugger it's the Farmer with the biggest grin I've seen. Come to help us pack up and park, Thanks Mate.
Didn't they do well ?. For a cow farmer from the bush and an exsparkey
What a great race, I?ll be back, next time with SSB on board instead of in the lockup!
Rum and Pizza Yummy. Note the Jacket Quintin!