DTA’s dedicated yachtie, Sally Garrett, left Auckland on Saturday the 16th of February for her second Shorthanded Sailing Association of New Zealand (SSANZ) Two Handed Round New Zealand yacht race. Sally has once again paired up with Rob Croft, her sailing partner and owner of the yacht Expedition Coppelia.
Sally and Rob competed in the 2012 event where she and Rob won the final leg into Auckland. Sally is also the first woman to successfully complete the Round New Zealand Yacht Race.
The race is New Zealand’s biggest yachting challenge and it has only been run twice before, in 1990 and 2012. There are four legs in the race. The first is from Auckland to Mangonui, in the Far North, 154 nautical miles; the second leg from Mangonui to Stewart Island, 930 nautical miles; the third Stewart Island to Napier, 618 nautical miles; and the final leg, Napier to Auckland, 367 nautical miles.
This is how the SSANZ describe the first race. “This was the first time there had been a race around New Zealand, whether fully crewed or two-handed. It proved to be an epic challenge for the competitors, organisers, and the toughest yacht race in New Zealand.” They go on to say, “To date, thirteen yachts and twenty-six sailors have completed this race. They are an elite group of New Zealand sailors. They are true adventuring sailors who took on some of the toughest sailing waters, along some of the most rugged and beautiful coastlines in the world. They did this two-handed to make it an especially tough challenge. So far no one has completed this race twice.”
Sally and Rob hope to be the first to complete the race twice, and Sally’s aim this time is to enjoy the race. She says, looking back at the last race, that they are much better prepared this time.
We wish them good luck.
If you would like to follow the progress of the seven yachts competing in the race the SSANZ have a race tracker see http://yb.tl/roundnz2019