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Slow start to Leg 1
26 Feb 2017
A huge flotilla of spectator craft were on the water to send the fleet on their way for Leg 1 of the 2017 Round North Island Race. All this was witnessed by a TV One cameraman who provided some great exposure of the event - check it out here.
The Royal New Zealand Navy provided cannons for the start at Devonport Wharf. They were fired by International Yachting Trust representative and yachting commentator Peter Montgomery and Martin Foster, 40 years after the first Round North Island. The race was conceived by Martin and Sir Peter Blake. And originally run by Devonport Yacht Club. This year competitors were asked to wear red socks at the start in commemoration of the 40th anniversary.
In overcast and light conditions, the fleet crossed the start line and raised either masthead gennakers, code zeros or spinnakers for the drift towards North Head, for the first left turn of the course.
The boats have managed to keep in the breeze overnight with a 10 -12 knot southerly slowly pushing them up the coast to the first stopover at Maungonui. The first boats were at Cape Brett at dawn and are due to finish around midday Sunday, if the breeze holds in.
Photos of the start found here.