FUN RALLY FOR CRUISERS
The New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club has teamed up with 36° Brokers and PIC Insurance Brokers to offer an alternative Coastal Classic for those wanting a more relaxed journey north. The all-new Cruising Rally is aimed at production boats and cruisers keen to take part in the race but avoid the hectic start line and necessity of a handicap. “Starting an hour earlier than the race fleet will mean the cruising boats get away in a nice clear start and can enjoy the sight of the big boats racing past,” says race spokesperson Greer Houston, commodore of the NZMYC. “Once in Russell they can enjoy the fun and festivities, take part in the party, and utilise the water taxis.” “We want to create opportunities for people to really enjoy using their boats,” adds Raynor Haagh, spokesperson for 36° Brokers. “This new format harks back to the 70s and 80s when families took part in events and had a great time, without necessarily being too competitive. They had a picnic, went for a swim, and enjoyed themselves.” Prospective entrants will not need a PHRF handicap but will need Category 3 safety certification from Yachting New Zealand. The PIC Coastal Classic starts on the morning of Friday, 20 October. Sponsored by PIC Insurance Brokers for five years, it is New Zealand’s biggest yacht race and one of the biggest of its type in the world. The race starts off Auckland’s Devonport Wharf and finishes off Russell Wharf in the Bay of Islands. The current record of 5 hours and 13 minutes is held by Frank Sailing (formerly Teamvodafone). Joining PIC and 36° Brokers are B&G, Zhik, Railblaza, Doyle Stratis, Yachting NZ and Mount Gay Rum, creating a family of sponsors that have helped to deliver the annual race since 1984.