Leaders off Bay of Islands
20 Feb 2011
At the 7am sched, the leading yachts in the Round the North Island fleet were close to the Bay of Islands, with Akatea leading the way at the northwestern side of the Bay. At 8am, Karma Police was at Cape Brett, with Andar and Overload three or four miles astern. It is around another 30 miles from the Bay to the first leg finish in Mangonui.
The lead boats experienced reasonable breeze overnight, sailing under gennaker, until hitting a hole near Tutukaka. However, with 5 or 6 knots of breeze at 8am, it seems likely the first boats will reach Mangonui this afternoon.