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Labour Week­end sees the 36th edi­tion of the New Zealand Mul­ti­hull Yacht Club’s Great Race North and the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee has am­bi­tious plans to at­tract more boats, first timers and a re­turn of the smaller boats for the Auck­land-to-rus­sell event. Start­ing from 9:30am on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 19, or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing to see some 200 boats par­tic­i­pat­ing in this leg­endary race.

“Last year we in­tro­duced a Cruis­ing Rally di­vi­sion,” says Greer Hous­ton, the Mul­ti­hull Yacht Club’s Com­modore, “and the feed­back showed this was a loved ad­di­tion to the race. We will ex­pand on this to get more boat­ies in­volved.”

The Rally di­vi­sion opens the event to a new de­mo­graphic of sailor. There’s no need to take the squabs off or get a PHRF hand­i­cap cer­tifi­cate and, if this is only sail­ing event you do, you may not need spe­cific race in­sur­ance.

Start­ing one hour ear­lier than the rac­ing yachts, the 36 De­grees Bro­kers Cruis­ing Rally is a fun, group cruise and is ideal for pro­duc­tion and cruis­ing boats, fam­i­lies or those who aren’t hun­gry to cross the line first (though it seems there was a wee bit of friendly com­pe­ti­tion out there last year).

New and long-time par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to at­tend the two race clin­ics (Sept 3 to Oct 15), and sign up to the PIC Coastal Clas­sic Crew Finder Face­book group.

The event’s fu­ture out­look looks good, par­tic­u­larly thanks to PIC In­sur­ance Bro­kers which has com­mit­ted to three more years’ sup­port. “We have a per­sonal stake in see­ing our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties thrive, and es­pe­cially the sail­ing com­mu­nity which we are close to,” says man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mike Gar­ner.

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