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New Records Set In ANZ Sail 2016

  Ocean racing records between Auckland and Port Denarau were smashed yesterday. The Simon Hull skippered Team Vodafone Sailing and Jim Delegat’s Volvo 70 Giacomo finished first and second fastest
08 Jun 2016 10:44
New Records Set In ANZ Sail 2016
Crew of the Giacomo VO70 Racing Team arrives at Port Denarau yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

Ocean racing records between Auckland and Port Denarau were smashed yesterday.

The Simon Hull skippered Team Vodafone Sailing and Jim Delegat’s Volvo 70 Giacomo finished first and second fastest in the ANZ Sail 2016 Ocean Classic.

The Team Vodafone catamaran smashed the 2014 record to become the fastest from Auckland to Denarau with a record of two days, 11 hours, 31 minutes and 3 seconds.

Hull and his team crossed the finish line at 22:31:03 on Monday just 59 hours, 31 minutes and 3 seconds after the start on Saturday.

“I have won it before but this is the first time to set a record,” he said.

“I won it twice before in the same boat when the race was to Musket Cove years back but this is my first win here. I love the sea and every time you go out there it is a new challenge and a race like this is enjoyed once you reach your destination.”

They broke the previous record of 3 days, 20 hours, 49 minutes and 36 seconds set by Beau Geste in 2014. Hull added that he had raced a couple of times to Noumea and six or eight times to Fiji. He said team effort, good weather and a favourable forecast was the winning factor.

“When we got going it was a bit lighter and when we got started it was in good conditions. We had to run through it for two and a half days and it was a good race.”

There were nine crew members with a lone Australian who was outnumbered by the Kiwis. They set the record despite having to make a  stop at sea.

“We didn’t know whether it was a shark or whale we hit. That was not too far from Auckland. We actually had to stop for one hour for inspection.  It was one of the sides and it took some damage to the foil. We stopped for one hour to do inspection to make sure it didn’t leak.”

Jim Delegat’s Volvo 70 Giacomo racing team also went down in the record books for the mono hull record.

The crew had to complete a few tacks as they made their way through the reef and eventually crossed the finish line at 09:53:19. Their elapsed time was 2 days, 22 hours, 53 minutes and 19 seconds.

“We have competed in 2014 and won on handicap and we are very pleased to take line honours to create a new record,” Delegat said.

“Sailing conditions favoured us once we left the shores of New Zealand. Basically we sailed in the straight line. Most of the way we had following breezes and sailed the boat at optimum speed.”

The crew of 11 did shifts of four hours on and four hours off during the race.

Port Denarau Marina managing director Nigel Skeggs said it is a fantastic result.

“To see any record being broken is a major achievement from any boat and to do by such a large margin as they have this time is superb,” he said.

“There has been a lot of following globally particularly in the tracker and online.”

The rest of the boats are expected to follow with the awards night scheduled for Saturday.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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