LAT 37 13.8S
LONG 176 053
ETA 1200 Saturday
After a good start Gold Coast Australia had fantastic tussle with DLL and Finland in the Bay of Plenty as we make our way up the NZ coast.
Finland and DLL appeared to have far superior speed to Gold Coast at the moment and we are constantly trimming and trying to solve the problem as the majority of this race is to windward and if we continue to sail slower than the other yachts we will not achieve the desired result.
The crew had a fantastic stopover in Taraunga and found the hospitality and friendliness of the local people in such an idealistic location very welcoming.
Now the race start nerves have calmed down and we are settled into our regular watch routine everybody is focused on sailing the boat well and having an enjoyable race to Gold Coast.