It’s safe to say that both the Auckland Noumea Yacht Race records are safe.
2 days, 22 hours, 9 minutes, 50 seconds
Team Vodafone Sailing
3 days, 6 hours, 59 minutes, 50 seconds
Ran Tan II is leading the charge and is now at the halfway mark of the race. Considering the 30 knot northerly on the nose, they have managed to maintain a good VMG of 9.2 knots.
At the halfway mark, they were 32nm ahead of the IRC52 Miss Scarlet.
Ran Tan II is an Elliot 50 with a canting keel and was 17th on line in the 2017 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
When you reach the halfway milestone, the feeling on board changes. You’re almost there, even though there is still the same amount of distance to go. As they creep further north, the winds are set to ease, the sun will shine and they will start to remove layers as the temperature increases.
The current ETA for Ran Tan II is 4 days, 12 hours, which will see them cross the finish line on Thursday 7th June at approximately 2230hours. However this is only if they maintain their current averages.
And remember there is a fleet racing from Sydney, Australia. The Sydney Noumea Race also started on Sunday 3rd June and as it stands, their first boat Patrice, is 518nm from the finish.
Come on Ran Tan II. HAMMER DOWN!!!