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Chains Ropes and Anchor Anzac 250 Start
21 Apr 2016
A huge fleet of 45 yachts have entered for the SSANZ Chains Ropes and Anchors ANZAC 250 two-handed yacht race. The longhaul (250nm) and shorthaul (180nm) divisions started Thursday 21st April at 1730 while the small boat and cruising divisions start at 0900 Friday 22nd April and do a more leisurely 60nm course to Great Barrier Island via Flat Rock.
The long haul and short haul course takes the fleet around Channel Island, Cuvier Island and outside Great Barrier Island before heading back inside Little Barrier island and Sail Rock. From there the fleet splits and the short haul division heads back to the finish at Port Abercrombie while the Long Haul boats go up around the Poor Knights before heading to the finish. Then the boats will raft up in Smokehouse Bay at Great Barrier with the prize giving and some 'shore based' activities on Saturday night.
A very diverse fleet makes up the longhaul division with a number of boats using this as a qualifier for the Round North Island race in February next year. The biggest boat in the fleet is the Open 60 'Awen' which has just arrived in NZ, with the even more recent arrival 'Miss Scarlet' (RP52) set to give them a good challenge. In the middle of the fleet there will be a good battle between the 35-38ft yachts with the two Elliott 1050s 'Spearhead' and 'Gale Force', the Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600 Racing and Stomp 38 'Titanium' all coming up against the Wellington Ross 10.66 'The Guarantee'. This will be a great battle to watch as they are all seasoned campaigners. The smallest boats on the long haul course are the Young 9.4 'Prawn Broker' and the Nelson 32 'Oracle'.
The short haul fleet ranges in size from the smallest boats E770 'Real Deal' and SR26 'Rattle N Rum' through to the Titan 36 'Zen' and the Hanse 400 'Goldenpond' at the bigger end of the fleet and the only multihull in the race- the 8.5 catamaran 'Voom'. Cruising division could almost be renamed the Farr division with 9 Farr boats including 7 1020s. Sharing the same start and course is the small boat fleet with the only Mini Transat 650 in NZ 'B&G Racing' and the short handed veterans on the Ross 830s 'Cool Change' and 'Revolution Blues'.
The forecast is for light Easterlies swinging slowly to the North with a very light swell and a full moon. Champagne yachting, doesn?t get much better! You can follow the race on the predict wind tracker http://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/race/ssanzAnd on the face book page https://www.facebook.com/ssanz.inc/