Rainbow II reveled in the predominantly light conditions that marked her return to racing in the Hauraki Gulf (photo Ivor Wilkins)
|Impact (right) and Result rounding Billy Goat Point|
|Pacific Sundance slides down the Rangitoto Channel under masthead spinnaker in a building nor-westerly (photo RNZYS)|
Wai Aniwa, Rainbow II, Result and Impact made a magnificent sight as they came charging down the Rangitoto Channel under spinnaker in a building breeze - Result's challenge came to an end in a spectacular broach, and shortly afterwards Rainbow II lost their spinnaker pole under compression loading, allowing Wai Aniwa to sneak ahead around North Head. However, Wai Aniwa made an error passing a channel marker the wrong way, which let both Rainbow II and Impact through on the final fetch up the harbour to the finish off Princes Wharf. This saw Wai Aniwa fall back to third place overall, just one point behind Revolution and one point ahead of Impact.
Final results: 1st Rainbow II (39pts), 2nd Revolution (27pts), 3rd Wai Aniwa (26pts), 4th Impact (25pts), 5th Pacific Sundance (17pts), 6th Result (13pts).
There was some consolation for Result which won the Altex Coatings Prix d'Elegance award for the "best presented boat and crew".
|Result - winner of the Altex Coatings Prix d'Elegance award, seen here at the start of the fourth race (photo RNZYS)|
Almost in response, Chris Bouzaid told the gathering that discussions were already under way with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron to stage the event again in 12 months’ time, on a bigger scale. This would be achieved with a more inclusive set of IRC rating bands and by including Quarter, Half and even Two Tonners. If the response to the proposal is enthusiastic enough, the RNZYS could consider including Ton racing in its annual programme.
A nice video of Rainbow II and her legacy for New Zealand yachting has been added to the Volvo Ocean Race website and can be seen here:
And the TVNZ Sports feature on the One Ton Revisited regatta is here.