From the following article by Zoe on crew.org.nz
Starting at 10am on Friday 25 October, The PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic is a 119 nautical mile sprint from Devonport Wharf in Auckland, to Russell Wharf in the Bay of Islands, and is regarded as one of the world's great yacht races.
Ideal conditions for a record running race are a strong south-easterly. But according to NIWA statistics, there is just a 1.1% chance of a strong south-easterly occurring in October. The race starts at 10am on Friday 25 October, and upwards of 170 boats are expected.
Followers can catch the start from North Head, Tamaki Drive, and on the race website, www.coastalclassic.co.nz
Times to beat
TeamVodafoneSailing set its second consecutive race record in 2012 when it crossed the line in Russell in 5hr41:44, sailing at an average speed of 20 knots across the course, and improviding the 2011 record by just over 3 minutes.
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