Faster than Crusader !
Canting keel, new high-tech 3DL mains'l. Ran Tan II 's Kiwi crew are fully motivated and really happy to come sailing in New Caledonia.
A chance to test themselves against their Aussie and Caledonian neighbours, but also a chance to exchange winter for some tropical sailing ! Enough of water at 15°C (59°F) washing the decks and getting into the oilskins: here the sea temperature is 23°C (78°F)! A noticeable difference when on the wind! As for surfing under spinnaker, the crew are dreaming about beating speed records in the run up to Grand Passage!! Fourth in real time in the last Sail Fiji, Ran Tan II arrived in Suva, from Auckland, in 5d 9h: 10 hours ahead of Crusader , current holder of the Groupama Race record!