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Race Watch 2014

Send us your photos, videos and reports!

The PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic is very much your race, and you can really help make it come alive for everyone.

We'd love to see how the race is going for you, so please send us your reports, photos and videos from the race course, or even when you get to Russell. We'd love to see them, and so would all our website and Facebook followers. Reports
You can submit your reports to the Crew Reports thread on for automatic inclusion on the Coastal Classic website

You can also upload photos and videos direct to Facebook - either post them to the Coastal Classic page, or tag us when you post them to your own page.

Email & text
Alternatively you can send reports, photos and videos to Or if you want to use text, Whatsapp or Viber, just use mobile number 0211 583 199.

GoPro footage
If you have a GoPro onboard, our official videographer Tomo would love to grab a copy of the footage. You can drop your GoPros off to him at Race HQ in Russell and he'll include it in our official race video.

We hope you have a fantastic Coastal Classic - best of luck to everyone, and we look forward to welcoming you in Russell!

Registration & Briefing starts soon

Registration begins at 1700hrs and Briefing at 1900hrs today. Make sure the skipper or a representative for the boat comes down to RNZYS to register and collect your Skipper's Pack. The Briefing will include weather updates for the race, among other important information for entrants.

Weather update: We now have weather!

Isn't it amazing how quickly things change? At Monday's race clinic there was general malaise about the prospect of a long, slow race in 5-10 knots with massive wind holes all the way up the coast. Today there's a 'strong wind advisory' in force as a front is forecast to cross the region tomorrow.

At the time of writing, tomorrow's forecasts for the Waitemata, Hauraki and Bay of Islands all look quite similar - southwest 15 knots rising to 25 knots gusting 35 knots late morning, then backing to the south and easing a little in the afternoon. A few showers are forecast in the morning, clearing by the afternoon. So a bit different to Monday's long range forecast! But hey, what did you expect?!

So what does that mean for the predictions? Well according to, a Farr 1020 should now complete the race in around 12 hours (which is a lot better than the 19 hours they were looking at at the start of this week!), while Team Vodafone Sailing should now be able to get to Russell in just 6 hours, rather than 14 hours. That's more like it! The TP52s should take about 10 hours, while a Young 88 could be looking at a race of about 14 hours.

Now that this race is suddenly shaping up to look more like a record-running event, you might just want to check out the current race records for your size and class, so you know what you're got to beat!


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We'll be posting updates on Facebook for the duration of the race, so join us there for up-to-the-minute commentary, photos, videos and more. Remember to tag your posts #coastalclassic so we can see what you're up to!

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