RNZYS Yachts Team Vodafone Sailing, GIACOMO smash ANZ Fiji Race
Team Vodafone pictured at the start of ANZ Sail Fiji – RNZYS Media
RNZYS Yachts Team Vodafone Sailing and GIACOMO have both smashed the ANZ Sail Fiji Race, with Team Vodafone Sailing annihilating the overall race record and GIACOMO blitzing the mono-hull record. More below…
ANZ Sail Fiji: Team Vodafone Sailing smashes record
Simon Hull and his team crossed the finish line at Port Denerau at 22:31:03 on Monday 6th June just 59 hours 31 minutes and 3 seconds after the start on Saturday 4th June. That’s under 60 hours for 1,110 nautical miles! The previous record was 3 days 20 hours 49 minutes and 36 seconds set by Beau Geste in 2014.
“We averaged about 19 knots the whole way I think!” said navigator Guy Hewson.
“It’s great to finally get a record for this race!” said skipper Simon Hull. “It was awesome. Wet and wild, but awesome.”
The crew are now recovering from their awesome race
ANZ Sail Fiji: Giacomo breaks monohull record
The second boat to cross the finish line of ANZ Sail Fiji 2016 was Jim Delegat’s Volvo 70 Giacomo.
The crew had to complete a few tacks as they made their way through the reef and eventually crossed the finish line at 09:53:19 on Tuesday 7th June. Their elapsed time was 2 days 22 hours 53 minutes and 19 seconds.
Giacomo has also broken the race record with their time now going down in the history books for the monohull record. Team Vodafone Sailing holds the multihull record of 2 days 11 hours 31 minutes and 3 seconds.
Source – YNZ
There are still plenty of RNZYS boats in action as they make their way to Port Denerau.
Follow the Race Progress via the ANZ Sail Fiji Website HERE
Record breakers TVS and GIACOMO pictured at the start of ANZ Sail Fiji – RNZYS Media
More photos from the start on our Facebook Page HERE