Mid-Race NZDF 230 SQN Flyover

A massive thanks to NZDF 230 SQN for capturing these amazing pics of some of our fleet a few days into the race while they were flying over doing official work. This was completely unplanned, but super exciting for Ran Tan Racing, Miss Scarlet, Equilibrium, Birdies Furax, Blink and Ave Gitana! RAN TAN II [...]

Ave Gitana Auckland Noumea Wrap Up

So, here is a 3 paragraph resume of the race. We left Paradise Bay ready to regain the miles lost and I think the crew of Ave did a bloody good job of it. Unfortunately, pushing a bit, first we pulled a halyard distributor out of the deck cutting the gennaker halyard in 2 and [...]

2018-06-13T12:19:33+00:00 June 13th, 2018|Ave Gitana, Boat News|

Ave Gitana and Crusty finish in stylish fashion

The comedic team from Ave Gitana required assistance getting in their marina berth at stupid o'clock this morning, however the amazing team here in Noumea were quick to ensure it was a seamless event. It didn't take long to tow the Crowther 40 into the Port Moselle and once they were safety tied up, the [...]

2018-06-10T12:54:40+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Ave Gitana, Boat News|

Ave Gitana to rejoin the race

Less than 24 hours ago, Ave Gitana opted to seek shelter from the 30 knot head winds instead of bashing into it, but the team have now upped anchor and have set sail for Noumea, leaving the safe harbour behind. Skipper Antonio Pasquale, with Chris Hornell, Simon Miller and Gordon Hammond made the decision that [...]

2018-06-05T00:40:06+00:00 June 5th, 2018|Ave Gitana, Boat News|

Position Report: Monday 4 June AM

The fleet has reported in with Taupo Maritime Radio this morning in accordance to the sailing instruction requirements to provide mandatory position reports. The fleet is currently experiencing 25-30knot on the nose as they creep closer to the top of New Zealand. Fleet - Monday 0530hrs Boats will now be leaving general cell [...]

Ave Gitana seeks shelter

Ave Gitana, the Crowther 40 trimaran from the Bay of Islands is currently anchored in Paradise Bay, on Urupukapuka Island. All crew on board are ok. Ave Gitana, skippered by Antonio Pasquale, and his three well seasoned offshore crew made it known to Race Management that they may seek shelter from the impending conditions before [...]

2018-06-04T05:47:56+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Ave Gitana, Boat News|

2018 Auckland Noumea Yacht Race is underway

The Royal Akarana Yacht Club Auckland Noumea Yacht Race is underway with eight boats hitting the start line in heinous conditions, including wind, rain and an extreme lack of sunshine. Meanwhile, it's 24 degrees and perfect in Noumea. The RAYC canon was fired on time, and all boats hit the line ready to race. The [...]