Nine ocean-going yachts started from Habart on Saturday (5 January) to compote in the Habart to Auckalnd Yacht race.
Nine ocean-going yachts started from Habart on Saturday (5 January) to compote in the Habart to Auckalnd Yacht race. The race started at midday on the Derwent River off Castray Esplanade. Ten yachts were expected to compete but the New Zealand sloop Runaway failed to arrive at the starting line in time.
Despite a weather forecast of gales only light winds were blowing as the yachts manoeuvred for positions. A large crowd was on band to watch the start. Soon after the yachts had passed the starting line a light northerly breeze sprang up helping the yachts down the river with spinnakers billowing.
Late Saturday afternoon the fleet passed Cape Raovl on the Tasman Peninsular, battling south westerly wimde of 20 knots. The Hobart Weather Bureau said that the yachts would probably have to contend with heavy southerly winds for most of the journey to New Zealand. The first yachts are expected to arrive in approximately ten days time.