Team Surreal's Leg 3 RNZ report
19 Mar 2012
After a full week of enjoying
Anyway we finally left at 1400 hrs on Tuesday to the cheers of school kids and locals who came out on 4 fishing boats to see off the fleet. Coppelia, Truxton and Surreal battled for the early lead but eventually Rev's popped a massive gennaker to storm their way through the fleet. By nightfall Rev's was in front with Truxton and Surreal scrapping for second with Danaide and Coppelia not far behind.
During the night Crafty
Croftie and Super Sally on Coppelia used their secret weapon (Code Zero? Still
looking for our one Tim J) and headed for the beach. Their tactic worked well and they went to
the front of the fleet. After rounding the bottom corner of the South Island
Revs hit the front and Surreal went past Coppelia for second. However Coppelia
was going very well which prompted Tim to check if Vicky (who runs the quiz
On approaching Banks peninsular we were back on the wind, Surreal was loving it and fighting back into the lead. Next we saw a breeze line building behind. When the breeze built extremely quickly we decide to just pole out the headsail initially until things settled and we could decide which sail was best. However the start of a shift made us decide to gybe first before hoisting the gennaker. Intitially we were well above course but we expected the breeze to keep heading us. At this point we were also worried about Truxton hunting us down!
After a couple of hours driving under gennaker we switched helmsman on Surreal. Within 5 minutes we had our first wipeout of the leg. Tim swears it was caused by a massive Tuna strike on the lure we were trawling which pulled the back of the boat around. I have some large doubts on his theory, but the fact remains our lure was gone despite being rigged on pretty heavy line.
We held the Gennaker until
about 70 miles from
Another unusual event to occur on the final night of the leg... A little bird flew into me while helming then sat on my knee for 10-15 min before moving to sit beside me for a further 20 min. It seemed pretty relaxed sitting happily with no attempts to bite.