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PIC Coastal Classic 2020

Welcome to the PIC Coastal Classic Yacht Race 2020 - one of New Zealand’s iconic yacht races up the E coast of North Island, from Auckland to the harbour at Russell. Originally raced by speedboats in the 1920s, aiming at speed records, the yacht race, now a classic in it’s own right, was first conceived in the 1980s by a member of the Auckland Multihull Sailing Association who wanted to recapture the historic course. The event is, of course, now raced in classes – Multihull, Monohull and Cruising – and continues to have a wide range of prizes on offer, not just for division winners, but for seamanship and even for the littlest boat to finish!

Sailonline is delighted once again to be hosting the virtual version of the “Coastal Classic”, sponsored as always by PIC, and we shall again be racing our trusty 60ft Trimaran, which should keep us reasonably competitive with the IRL Multihull racers. The virtual race will open for practice on 17 October 2020 at 2100utc to allow ample time for friends and family of IRL racers to find us and learn how to compete on our platform.

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Hatteras Island Sprint 2020 - RESULTS

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Well that was fun! With only a light and dying underlying synoptic southerly zephyr, wrf modelled us some considerable variation in direction, which one suspects erven the best routing software in the world would have had difficulty analysing 100% correctly, and so it was 'seat-of-the-pants' supported or not by a router, that undoubtedly won the day. Thus, as we headed south west, tacking regularly to keep close to the Hatteras inshore beach, the wind, initially anti-clocking slowly, reversed completely and as we turned the western tip of the island, we were gybing and hardening up onto another beat this time north east and out to sea, for the wind to reverse entirely again, making the eastern end of the line quite favoured, and just about lay-able without putting in an extra gybe.

Read Satori's expansive report and Zorba777's slightly shorter but well-illustrated one under the buttons above. Extraordinary stuff, and apart from deciding how often to tack to hug the beach, judging when to tack and how to curve to your lay-points whilst easing sheets proved quite a challenge, which on this occasion Zorba777 managed best of all for his premier first on Sailonline, just pipping calmxy, who had led for much of the race, with the redoubtable rumskib coming in third. A very fine podium!

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The Odyssey Leg 1 2020 - RESULTS

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A light moderate breeze out of the south greeted the 134 SOLers that lined up off Troy for the first leg of Sailonline's re-enactment of The Odyssey, in slightly anachronistic, but nevertheless also very ancient triremes, with polars modelled on the performance of the Hellenic Navy's replica vessel, the Olympia. An excellent report under the azure blue button above by Zorba777, the man who caused us all those virtual blisters and bumps as we mostly rowed our way around the course, after having passed the first and only mark of the course off Cape, gives a good account of what went on thereafter, and his inspiration – including several hyperlinks – behind the entire project!

Suffice to say here, that our new Trireme's polar is a tricky thing, challenging routing programs and seat-off-the pants sailors equally as to when to sail and when to row, and then when rowing, best at what optimum angle to the wind, and more generally, straight to the next cape or headland, or more subtly towards some point where you might hoist the sail again. In the end, best solver of these conundrums proved to be Poland's WRmirekd, although SimeMali ran him close, and the man himself, Zorba777, at the death nearly gave them both a fright! More fun and myths and legends on the 2tth of October. Come all!

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2020 Q3 Sailonline Race Committee Report

2020 Q3 SRC Report

Whilst the pandemic has declined in most western countries this is not the case across the World and indeed in some countries it has come back as a second spike. It would seem that at least northern latitude countries are not clamouring for replacement virtual races from SOL or, if they are, they are fitting into our existing offerings where we have seen increased participation. Or they may just be laying up their yachts for the winter.

Turning now to the results for the Series racing in 3rd Quarter they were as follows. Ocean Series. With our three races for this Series – ‘Auckland to Uruguay’, ‘Maryland to Alaska’ and ‘Melbourne to Osaka’ we took our sailors twice to the Southern Ocean with a sail over the top of Canada in the middle.

The Auckland race formed part of our Round the World Series in our 125’ catamaran this time over about 23,500 nautical miles. We offered the sailors a chance to navigate the inner channels at the tip of South America and many yachts took up this invitation. This race was won by SimeMali with NagaJolokia chasing him and Leelu22 in third.

The saunter over the top of Canada proved to be a light air affair much of which was on the nose in our 90’ monohull. The race was … Report continues here

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    Sailonline's South China Sea Classic 2020
    Welcome to the South China Sea and a fun downwind course of 366nm in TP52s from Lantau Island, Hong Kong to the island of Hainan in southern China.
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    PIC Coastal Classic Yacht Race 2020

    Kia Ora tatou! Hello everyone and welcome to Auckland on New Zealand's North Island and our annual competition against the racers of the NZ Multihull Yacht Club in the 118nm run from Auckland to Russell in our 60ft trimarans. With endlessly varying conditions, this race up North Island's E Coast can see flat out spinnaker rides, speedy reaching and even dying breezes before sunrise! As always, arriving yachties will find a traditional welcome of bacon butties and rum.
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    Uruguay to Cascais - 2020 RTW - Leg 4
    The last leg of Sailonline's Round the World Race 2020 takes racers from Punta del Este, deep in the South Atlantic, to Portugal's Cascais on the North Atlantic seaboard. More than 5000nm of almost only open water, bar three easily avoidable, well-known island groups and Fernando de Noronha and Madeira, in our much-loved Orange 125ft catamaran for your leisurely enjoyment of only wind, wind and wind and maybe some wine, chat and cheese!
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    Ranking: OCQ4 - OCCH - SUPSOL - SYC - RTW20
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