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SIMRAD 60 Report
06 Aug 2006
The second race, the SIMRAD 60 kicked off at 9:00. Conditions at the start were somewhat lighter than what was forecast, and the breeze was very patchy until clear of Rangitoto. This resulted in some big gains and losses. The breeze built all day averaging over 20 knots with gusts of over 30 knots at the finish which gave competitors plenty of challenges. Both Oracle and Akarana Express lost their masts, High Profile lost it's rudder and Hooters broke the front crossbeam. In total we had 29 retirements who had all made it back to land safety by last night.
X Factor, Wingz, Hard Labour and Rattle and Rum were the quickest boats around their respective courses. At this point it also appears line honours winners in each division also featured very highly in the handicap results.