Light start in Mangonui
22 Feb 2011
The second leg of the Round North Island race is underway - but even the leading yachts haven't got very far in very light winds.
Race director David Cooke said the fleet got away cleanly at 10am today, hard on the wind in a 5 knot northwesterly. The wind is forecast to swing around to the west, then the southwest, so it looks like an all-upwind leg and the boats round Cape Reinga and head down the west coast to Wellington. However, at least they will be spared the wrath of Cyclone Atu, which looks set to pass down the east coast.
At 2pm the leading boats - Akatea, M1 and Karma Police - had cleared Cape Karikari on the northern side of Doubtless Bay, and were heading for North Cape.