Elysium at the start of the Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race
Humphrey Sherratt and his Elysium crew crossed the finish line in Noumea this morning bringing their Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 race to an end. The 46ft Elliott Tourer completed the course in 6 days, 17 hours, 55 minutes and 6 seconds.
Three boats are now left racing, and are about 190nm from the finish, sailing from 7.6 to 9.2kts
The Elysium crew after the finish in Noumea
Crew member Richard MacAllister said it was a longer than expected trip by two days but Elysium never experienced more than 45 knots of wind.
Humphrey's son Jack was on board and said that he 'hugged the bath mat' for a while during the race.
Ken Ormandy, who is supposed to be on his honeymoon, said the racing lamb shanks dinner (with bone removed to save weight) were excellent! Yes, Ken is meant to be on his honeymoon. He, along with two other crew members are on their way to the aiport to head back to Auckland this morning.
Last night three more boats finished, M1, Steinlager 2 and Bullrush, after the RP42 Rikki finished around 1620hrs local time.
The three remaining boats are expected to finish within the next 24 hours
M1 - start of Evolution Sails Sail Noumea Race 2012
Bullrush - start of Evolution Sails Sail Noumea Race 2012
Rikki - start of Evolution Sails Sail Noumea Race 2012
Steinlager 2 - start of Evolution Sails Sail Noumea Race 2012
Evolution Sails Sail Noumea 2012 – Positions at a Glance Time: 1230hrs June 8, 2012
|Line Position||Boat||Type||Speed||Distance to Finish|
|1||TeamVodafone Sailing||ORMA 60||Finished||0|
|Retired||Icebreaker||Ker 40||Retired - Norfolk Island|
|Retired||Cotton Blossom 2||Farr||In Opua|
|Retired||Carerra||Marten 49||En route to Auckland|
|Retired||Starlight Express||Davidson 55||Retired - Norfolk Island|
|Retired||Beau Geste||Farr 80||Retired – Norfolk Island|