Elliott News

Bushido wins Double Handed Round North Island Race

04 Mar 2014

The 35 ft Bushido took line honours on the final leg of the RNI double handed race. Predominantly upwind Bushido held onto the leading yachts for the first 48 hours. Trailing by 8 miles at Collville and sailing under storm jib and double reefed main Bushido powered past the leading 40ft yacht to take the gun 14 minutes ahead. They put in a magnificent performance to eventually finish 1st on line into Auckland  and 1st on Line to Wellington. Finishing overall 2nd IRC and first Div 1 handicap. Overload was the third boat in, covering the 150 miles in 17 hrs.10mins. A titanic battle took place for fourth and fifth. The two Elliott 1350 Tourers, Focus and Fiction were never far apart. Focus led for most of the race however, in the dark misty morning they overlaid the finish allowing Fiction to slip inside & finish 1min30secs ahead. Incredibly close racing for the two cruising yachts after 150 miles. The smallest yacht in Div 3, E1050 Gale Force, completed the Elliott line up making good time into Mangonui as third to finish in Div 3. Bushido led the fleet to North Cape in Leg 2 from Mangonui to Wellington. They lost a lot of time removing a sunfish that wrapped onto the keel. More time was lost in the beat down the coast in a collision with a whale. Doing 9 knots at the time the impact was huge and sheered off the forward canard. Despite the damage they continued the charge down the west coast Elliott 35ss had previously taken line honours in Wellington. Winning the two longest and toughest legs of the race was a significant achievement for one of the smallest yachts in the fleet. Bushido won Div 1 Line honours, 1st phrf, and was 2nd overall on IRC. Congratulations Wayne