Fleet heads down west coast
23 Feb 2011
The Round North Island two-handed fleet are mostly around Cape Reinga and heading for Wellington, into a forecast 15 knot southerly, rising to southeast 25 knots this afternoon. The outlook is for winds from the southerly quarter for the rest of the week, meaning it could be a long upwind leg.
Leading the fleet at the 6.30am sched was Akatea, nearly off the entrance to the Hokianga, followed by M1 and Karma Police. M1 has taken a more offshore course than Akatea and Karma Police.
Among the smaller boats, Edlin 8 Mix T Motions was off Cape Reinga at 9.30pm.
The first boats are expected in Wellington late Friday or early Saturday.