From the following article on crew.org.nz
It’s all go for this premier annual event! Bouncing back from last year’s Rena cancellation, this year is shaping up to be a beauty. TYPBC has topped up their wind account and are looking for a quick race. With the support of RNZYS, the race kicks off at 1000 March 28th from the Squadron start line outside Westhaven.
Team Vodafone has confirmed their entry in an attempt to finally break a record that has so far proved elusive. Vodafone skipper Simon Hull comments “The International Paints Auckland to Tauranga race can be tricky and challenging. When the weather cooperates, it is a fantastic ride and that is what we are hoping for. Fingers crossed, we will have a crack at setting a new record. Time will tell.”
Upon arrival in Tauranga every boat will be greeted with the traditional welcome bucket and escorted to their berth. There is plenty of room for everyone. The TYPBC clubhouse will be open with hot showers and refreshments.
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