Starts in

Prizegiving was chokka!

Despite exactly half of the fleet not managing to complete the race (69 finished, 20 DNS and 49 DNF), prizegiving was chokka on Saturday night. Here are the prize winners from the 2015 PIC Coastal Classic, which even after a sustained nor-wester for the entire race was heralded a great event by all.

Duke of Marlborough Cup for the first boat to finish

TEAM VODAFONE SAILING

North Sails Trophy for First Monohull on PHRF (all divisions)

RIKKI

Lesley Vincent presented the Jon Vincent Memorial Trophy for Overall Yacht PHRF winner (all divisions)

TEAM BEAU GESTE

The Alexander Flynn Trophy for the first multihull to finish

TEAM VODAFONE SAILING

The Devonport Yacht Club trophy for the first monohull to finish

GIACOMO

The Duncan Stuart Rosebowl and SailSure NZ Trophy for the first multihull on handicap

CHARLESTON

The Con Thode Trophy –awarded annually for overnight race between 2 navy boats

MAKO II - sailed by the Royal New Zealand Navy team

Russell Trophy for the first Bay of Islands monohull on handicap

RIKKI

Cookson IRC Trophy

GIACOMO

Cockleshell Trophy for the smallest boat to finish

SWEENEY TODD

PredictWind Division One A
Monuhulls .8700 and above

1st on line
GIACOMO

First on handicap
RIKKI

Second on handicap
BEAU GESTE

Third on handicap
GIACOMO

PredictWind Division One B
Monuhulls .8700 and above

1st on line
ICEBREAKER

First on handicap
ICEBREAKER

Second on handicap
ANARCHY

Third on handicap
FRENZY

Yachting New Zealand Division Two
Monohulls between .8100 and .8699

First on line
NIRVANA

First on handicap
SAVANTE

Second on Handicap
NIRVANA

Third on Handicap
ELEANOR

Mount Gay Division Three

Monohulls .7650 and .8099

First on line 

PACIFIC SUNDANCE

First on handicap
PACIFIC SUNDANCE

Second on handicap
ARETHUSA

Third on Handicap
GOOD SOLUTION

Jackson Electrial Division Four

Monohulls .7500 and .7649

First on line 
PREDATOR

First on Handicap
PREDATOR

Second on Handicap
PROMISE

Third on Handicap
E-NINE

Primero Profiles Division Five
Monohulls .7499 and under

First on line
MAKO II

First on Handicap
APPALOOSA

Second on Handicap
L’AVANTI

Third on Handicap
HOT GOSSIP

Division Six
Multihulls 10.66m and over

First on Line
TEAM VODAFONE SAILING

First on Handicap
TEAM VODAFONE SAILING

Second on Handicap
SUNDREAMER

Third on Handicap
TAEPING

Musto Division Seven
Multihulls 10.65 and under

First on Line
CHARLESTON

First on handicap
CHARLESTON

Second on handicap in Division Seven
DRAGON

Third on Handicap
PULSE XTC


Railblaza Division Eight
No extras division

First on Line
GOLDEN POND

First on handicap
GOLDEN POND

Second on Handicap in Division Eight
GOOD CHANCE

Third on Handicap in Division Eight
LOLA

IRC Division

First on Handicap in IRC Division
GIACOMO
Second on Handicap in IRC Division
TEAM BEAU GESTE

Third on Handicap in IRC Division
KIA KAHA 52

Two handed Division
2 handed division monohull

Shorthanded Sailing Association Trophy
and First on Handicap in Two Handed Division
GOLDEN POND


Second on Handicap
EXPEDITION COPELLIA

 

Hard luck prize – for those who finished after race cut off


• Sealegs
• Signma II
• Crocodile
• Driving Force
• Drop Dead Fred

WINNER DROP DEAD FRED

Teams competition

Scores of best three boats in a team to count

Lindaeur Trophy for First Club team on Handicap

RNZYS TEAM 1
Boats are:

Team Beau Geste
Icebreaker
Giacomo
Sunfast 3600 racing

PIC Coastal Classic was a challenge for many, but great fun for all

Despite stiff headwinds, current race record holders Team Vodafone Sailing still put in a respectable effort to win this year's PIC Coastal Classic yacht race. The big red trimaran took out line honours for the third year in a row, with a time of 9 hours, 23 minutes and 13 seconds.

The fastest monohull in this year's race, Volvo 70 Giacomo, arrived in Russell well after dark, crossing the line 13 hours, 11 minutes and 23 seconds after the start. But her time wasn't enough to win Division 1a on handicap - that honour going to Kerikeri boat Rikki, owned by Bay of Islands local Ray Haslar.

The strong north-west breeze meant New Zealand's most iconic yacht race was too much of an uphill battle for many of this year's competitors. There were 20 withdrawals before the start, and a further 49 'Did Not Finish' (DNF) results, either through mid-race retirements, or boats simply not making it to Russell before the cutoff time at mid-afternoon today.

Those who steadfastly continued were faced with consistently tough upwind conditions, until they rounded the corner at Cape Brett, and eased sails for the final leg into Russell. The final boats in on Saturday also had heavy rain to contend with, as a front moved over the north of the country. The weather didn't do much to dampen spirits though, and crews - though tired and wet - were jubilant on arrival in Russell township.

Among those determined to get their boat over the line, and have a great adventure in the process, were Navy training vessels Paea and Mako. In what was tipped to be an epic battle, the Royal New Zealand Navy squared off against the New Zealand Army in identical blue yachts, with the Navy boys aboard Mako taking the lead at the very end of the race to romp home ahead of their Army rivals.

In another of this year's races-within-a-race, Sir Peter Blake's Whitbread-winning Steinlager II came in a couple of hours ahead of the older and slower Lion New Zealand, who took a wrong turn at the Hen & Chicken Islands which cost them a lot of time. Both yachts were sailed by amateur crews of youngsters, many of whom had never tried sailing before, but enjoyed a character-building ride aboard these iconic round-the-world racing yachts.

The first start gun for the race fired at 0930hrs on Friday 23 October 2015 off Devonport Wharf in Auckland, which saw a short and colourful downwind run for the few hundred metres to the eastern end of North Head. But from there it was onward and upward for the 119 nautical mile stretch to Russell.

From North Head, the fleet remained tightly bunched, passing between Tiritiri Matangi Island and Whangaparaoa Peninsula. After Kawau, however, there was a big separation in the fleet, as some headed east towards Little Barrier Island in search of stronger wind, and others hugged the shore to take advantage of smoother seas.

On shore, the race was followed by thousands of people in New Zealand and around the globe. For the first time in the race's history, live streaming coverage allowed thousands of viewers worldwide to watch the spectacular start of the race, filmed by cameras on the shore and on the water.

Once live coverage finished, the PredictWind race tracker on the PIC Coastal Classic website let race followers track the boats in real time as they sailed up the coast, bringing the race to life for thousands of people on shore. Race HQ in Russell has been buzzing with excited friends, family and supporters of those on the water, all keen to get a glimpse of the race tracker and see where their loved ones are.

Race Director Anthony McBride said: "The north-west wind meant it was an extremely challenging race for competitors this year, and the conditions contributed to a fifty percent drop-out rate in the fleet. Quite a few went back to Auckland and others pulled into Tutukaka or Whangarei, and we'd like to say thanks to those crews for putting safety first."

"Those who finished the race did very well and we congratulate them on their efforts to make it all the way, and to those who didn't finish, I hope we'll be able to welcome you back again next year."

The New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club thanks title sponsors PIC Insurance Brokers for their ongoing and extensive support of the Coastal Classic. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron also deserves praise for supporting and assisting with the event again this year, along with the many divisional and spot prize sponsors.

Watch the official 2015 PIC Coastal Classic video highlights at https://youtu.be/WQO-VijkGys

The live streaming coverage of the start can be watched at /live-video-stream/

Race officially finished

The 2015 PIC Coastal Classic has officially finished - 69 boats made it to Russell, 49 DNF, and 20 DNS. Congratulations to the half who made it, and commiserations to the half who didn't - we hope you had fun all the same, and look forward to seeing you at the prize giving, or next year!

Do you have GoPro footage?

Does anyone have GoPro footage to drop off? We'd love to see it, and include it in our highlights video from the race. Please drop off at Race HQ in the tent beside the Tavern.

Giacomo first monohull

Just had word Giacomo VO70 Racing Team finished - first monohull and second boat over - well done guys and just in time for the band starting by the sounds of it.

Charleston not far behind...