Single handed racing is a growth area of our sport and this year sees the start of another edition of the Vendee Globe Single Handed Race in August. For the last four years the Richmond Yacht Club’s Single Handed Series, sponsored first by Sail IQ, Vining Marine and now Coolstore Construction, has been the premiere single handed sailing event on the Auckland sailing calendar. Fleet size has remained fairly constant over those years, with approximately twenty two entries participating each season. During those intervening years however, there has been a growing demand to extend the level of challenge from shorter harbour courses to longer destination races and the occasional night race. In 2016 a single handed division was added to the Coastal Classic. As most competitors know these longer races are not only a test of a skippers stamina but also their decision making, personal management, and boat management.
This season, the race committee has agreed to support the introduction of a long distance, weekend race which will capitalise on the club’s current Route 66 as leg 1, Auckland to Whangarei. After a compulsory stopover at Marsden Cove, the fleet will restart for the leg across to Port Abecrombie on the Great Barrier, and after a further compulsory stopover, race the third leg back to Auckland.
This event will suit those looking for adventure and challenge and the experience of racing longer distances solo. The sailing instructions will be developed shortly but now is the time to put a ring around the 26th February – 1st March 2021.