Monday, October 27, 2008

Coastal Classic 2008

Well that was a cold wet and windy one! According to the official website there were only 83 yachts out of 229 entrants that finished.

Slogging into the wind all the way it took us on Peppermint Planet (a Young 11) nearly 31 hours to do the 120 miles from Auckland to Russell. I would say that 28 of those were between damp and soaked-to-the-skin. It can get cold and uncomfortable in the early hours of the morning - but somehow you can sleep, lying on sail bags, leaning back against the cabin because your weight is needed on the rail, hell I could have slept on a flange if I had to. At the height of the wind we tore the main, but not enough to withdraw. So there it was. The promise of mussel fritters for dinner was all we needed to keep going. (They were good too - in Whangarei at Riva a restaurant on the marina).

Looking forward to next year, and a better strategy to beat the lack of wind at night from Tutukaka to Cape Brett - you go down to sleep and when you wake up, you are in the same place - a kind of a coastal classic nightmare.


JohnHS said...

Yeah the flange was a Challenge Word - but hey - I bet its uncomfortable to sleep on, and I bet I could have done it easily on Saturday at 4:00 a.m.

Amelia said...

Think I would have been sick the whole way.

Glad you made it back safe and sound.