Scheduled to depart on Saturday 7th June 2014, the ANZ Sail Fiji will be the 22nd race to the Fiji Islands for the club that is considered the home of blue water sailing.
Organised and hosted by the Royal Akarana Yacht Club and Port Denarau Marina here in Fiji, the race will start from the Orakei Wharf on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour and end at Port Denarau Marina on West Coast of Viti Levu, Fiji.
Historically this world classic yacht race was born of the desires of the many deep-water members of the Club who were keen to experience new adventures and challenges. In 1956, 13 boats from the Royal Akarana Yacht Club sailed to Fiji’s Capital of Suva. It was seen as a way for yachts to escape the winter months in New Zealand in exchange for several months of tropical cruising. The race grew in popularity and by 1973 there were 70 yachts and 1977 saw a record number of 117 entries.
The 2014 Sail Fiji race released the official entry in August 2013. It is 1260 nautical miles as the crow flies to reach Port Denarau, making it New Zealand’s premier ocean race. The winner can be expected to take around four days if the southeast trade winds blow favorably.
Different divisions have been created to encourage boats to join the fleet. General overall results will include PHRF, IRC, Mono Line and Multihull Line and a general monohull handicap as well as divisions for the European Cup, Classic Kiwis and Cruising.
The first seminar for Sail Fiji will kick off on Thursday 13th March at 7pm at the host club location, Royal Akarana Yacht Club.
The seminars are a great way to keep in contact with official and potential entrants of the race. The first seminar will launch the event, introduce sponsors and discuss flight and accommodation options.
Nigel Skeggs from Port Denarau Marina will provide information on arrival in Fiji. Copies of A Mariners Guide to FIJI Shores & Marinas will of course be handed out to all – This seminar shouldn’t be missed!
Currently with 14 official entries, Sail Fiji 2014 is shaping up to be an amazing event! What are you waiting for? Sign up today and after the race, why not stay a while to cruise the idyllic islands of Fiji…