It was a rough and tough race for the competitors of the 20th Lindauer Coastal Classic Yacht Race from Auckland to Russell, New Zealand. Line honours went to Rogntudjuu finising in 12 hours, 50 minutes and 50 seconds.
Second place line honours went to Slime, and third position to Earthling.
At 14:30 hours on Saturday 20 October 95 boats were in, and 47 were yet to arrive with 109 DNF's, due to the rough conditions. A good breeze ws bringing the last boats home.
History of the Race
If I beat you to the bar you shout the drinks! Heard it before? Chances are you have.
But, bet you haven't heard this one! Race you up the coast -119 nautical miles, anchor off the wharf, row ashore, second crew to the bar shouts the first crew!
Yep, it happened. Where? New Zealand - of course!
The inaugural 'Coastal Classic' - 1982, was inspired by powerboat races over the same course during the 1920's. An article in the June 1982 issue of Multinews - the official publication of the New Zealand Multihull Yacht Club reads:
"Dream Race. Instead of keelboat clubs having all the prestige races and then inviting us multis along if we are good boys and don't flip or worse still, win. Let's hold the race and invite the keeler clubs along. We could even, possibly, get someone like Devonport Yacht Club to organise the keeler handicapping just so they can't say we rigged it. The race just has to be non-stop with the outright record going to some beautiful mulithull"
The NZMYC did send the challenge to owners of both multihulls and keelers. And so, Labour Weekend late October 1982, an assortment of twelve yachts lined up off Devonport Wharf on the northern mouth of Auckland's Harbour ready to charge up the coast to Russell Wharf in the Bay of Islands.
Appropriately, 18 hours later the Commodore of the NZMYC crossed the finish line in his Trimaran "KRISIS". His record stood for four years.
Line Honours 2002
8. ONDINE VII
For full results detailing division results, and handicaps go to the event website.