Auckland, New Zealand: 25th November 2016
The Royal Akarana Yacht Club Round White Island Race started on time at 10:05 Friday 25th November 2016. CQS started conservatively on a port tack due to low tide. Taking north passage due to the draft.
Throughout the day wind eased to 20 knots. Passing the Coromandel peninsula on a beam reach with FRO up and clicking along at 15+ knots.
Wind was moderated over night from a northerly 20 to 25 knots to a westerly 5 to 10 knots. Sea state now calm and sailing past Great Mercury Island.
CQS crossed the finish line at 14:06, completing the White Island in 20 knot westerly on a fine day. Skipper Ludde Ingvall was pleased with overall performance. The race was a good shake down for the crew and boat, both of whom performed above expectation!