Steve Mair and his crew on board the Bakewell-White 37 “Clockwork”, have decided to start their delivery from Auckland to Noumea.
Clockwork didn’t start the Auckland Noumea Yacht Race on Sunday 3rd June at 1000 hours, which meant they then had a 12 hour window to make a decision to join the fleet, or to withdraw from the race.
Auckland Noumea Race Management received an email from skipper Steve, three hours after the start.
“As per our previous discussion, Clockwork will not be starting the Auckland – Noumea Race. We have decided that we will deliver the boat to Noumea after the Low passes through on Monday night.
“It is a great shame and I am deeply disappointed after having spent so much time getting the boat ready. However, we are really looking forward to the conditions on the back side of the low on Tuesday and are excited about having a good sail up there.”
The tracker is still on board Clockwork, and their track, position, heading and speed will be recorded just like the boats racing in the fleet, however they won’t appear on the results and are sailing independently from the fleet.
The delivery should take around five days, and they will be welcomed by the RAYC / Auckland Noumea Race Committee on the dock when they arrive.