As sponsors for the PIC Coastal Classic, we are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic loss of a crew member during the final leg of the race. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends, crew, and entire sailing community impacted. Safety has always been a paramount concern for us and the well-being of all participants. This loss profoundly affects us, and we stand in unity with our fellow sailors as we mourn.
In light of a tragedy, we turn toward the horizon, seeking a little comfort from the memories that have emerged—a sentiment we advocate in every conceivable circumstance.
Before all hand on deck were needed during the night, staying true to their adventurous spirit, our Rally Cruisers did an epic job by sending through some pictures of their adventure. Some went above and beyond and sacrificed 10minutes to retrieve a specially baked 36 Degrees Pie!
In the aftermath, we connect with members of our 36 Degrees Brokers team, delving into their experiences within both the Cruising Division and Racing Division.
Harry on the Oceanis 55 Scallywag - Cruising Division
The Cruising Rally start went well, with the front runners in the fleet making the most of their big sails and motoring time to punch out the start line and get into the fresh easterly breeze.
All boats seemed to carry well, up until past Kawau Island when they hit, the start of the 1.5-2m easterly swells. This was a real separation point for the fleet where the bigger faster boats were able to carry on and punch through it.
As the fleet headed to sail rock increasing in breeze, the rich got richer. Everyone started to settle in for a rough night with reports of multiple seasick patrons onboard.
A tough soak down to Cape Brett was met with a confused sea state and a turning breeze.
Once around the corner at Cape Brett, the fleet enjoyed a nice strong easterly reach with a flatter sea state, which made it a quick passage through to Russell to crack into a few well-deserved beers.
Julia- Beneteau First 36 Nautilass -Racing Divion
Our Operations Manager Julia crewed onboard the new Beneteau First 36 in division 2 of the race. Her feedback on the race was glowing: “The First 36 showed great handling. Once we got over 18 knots true wind, she really lit up. We executed our plan with an A2 and full main, resulting in a comfortable and responsive experience at the helm. We maintained an impressive average speed range of 12-14 knots, with an exciting peak of 16.6kts. Despite encountering a pretty mixed sea state and changing wind direction, overall the race was a fun and enjoyable ride."
To all the sailors who embraced the challenge of the weather with skill and determination, navigating the complexities of both the Cruising Division and Racing Division, we extend our admiration to you all!
Finally, a big THANK YOU to PIC Coastal Classic for putting together the 40th Coastal Classic Event!
We look forward to 2024!