Big catamaran Team Australia is not due into Coffs Harbour until late Saturday.
Big catamaran Team Australia is not due into Coffs Harbour until late Saturday. Howard Wright

Wind drop puts Pittwater To Coffs fleet in slow procession

THE PATIENCE of skippers engaged in the Club Marine Pittwater To Coffs Harbour Yacht Race was severely tested overnight.

Promised nor' east winds failed to materialise and line honours in one of the slowest races in history will be decided sometime late this afternoon or evening.

Sean Langman's giant trimaran Team Australia is closest to the finish line and based on its current three knots of speed won't complete the 226 nautical mile course until afternoon.

Navigator Josh Alexander gave a grim assessment of the lethargy being felt by the mariners on board.

"Most of the crew are asleep on the nets or bored," he said.

"It's looking like a long morning till the wind, at maybe midday, me thinks."

There has been one withdrawal from the fleet with Patrice Six heading for port at 8.17am due to time constraints.

"We are sailing from one hole into another," skipper Shaun Lane said, while motoring with the crew back to Pittwater.

Beau Geste and About Time are the leading monohulls.

Light conditions are the result of a strengthening high pressure system over the Tasman Sea extending a ridge towards the northern NSW coast, while a trough over central parts of the coast is weakening.



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