Friday, 25 October 2013

PIC Insurance brokers Coastal Classic 2013 poised to start, Team Australia and Team Vodafone Sailing the headline act

From the following article submitted to Sail-World by Lisa Ratcliff:

http://www.sail-world.com/Australia/Coastal-Classic---Team-Australia-ready-for-action/116023

In the preparation for the Coastal Classic, Team Australia’s head-to-head with Team VodafoneSailing on Waitemata Harbour, Auckland, yesterday was a mixed bag for the visitors. Result aside, skipper Sean Langman is confident the Australian boat and crew have the ticker to successfully challenge the local ORMA 60 this Friday.

In the showcase sprint race the Aussie trimaran led Team VodafoneSailing off the start line, expectations resting heavily on the afterguard including Mike Sanderson and celebrity guest crewmember, Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker in his first race since the 34th America’s Cup.

The sprint kicked off with a downwind start off Westhaven Marina at 1600hrs. Langman’s Team Australia gybed early and grabbed a several hundred metre advantage over Simon Hull’s near identical ORMA 60 by the time the frontrunner reached Orakei and North Head. 


read more here

And also an article by Zoe Hawkins on Sail-World:

http://www.sail-world.com/Australia/Coastal-Classic:-Kiwis-take-first-local-point-in-big-boat-duel/116021

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