Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Open 60 Ecover 3 in Auckland

Photos Mike Golding Yacht Racing and © Gareth Cooke Photography
Team Blog Entry 30.07.07 // Mike Golding Yacht Racing
It's now late Monday evening, we have today all relocated to Auckland from Wellington after a last brief visit to the yard this morning to thank the Hakes Marine build team for the hard graft they have put in over the past few weeks. Now begins the next critical phase on route to the TJV in November. Tomorrow morning (Tuesday), fingers crossed, the yacht and her keel will arrive in Auckland by truck having traversed the length of the north island over 36 hours. Its an exceptional load, in all sorts of ways, but this one requires a team of "pilots" in three vehicles that surround the boat transporter. These pilot vehicles scout ahead and each side of the yacht, stopping traffic where necessary and informing the drivers of potential difficulties ahead. Then over the coming days, the boat, keel, mast and rigging will come together for the very first time.

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