Event 3: Harcourts Bay of islands
Opito Express - Monday 05 June

Opito ExpressA decent distance to finish the series - the Opito Express sets off with a mass beach start from the scenic location of Opito Bay, at the eastern end of the Kerikeri inlet, and then follows the inlet right up to the Stone Store, for a total distance of just under 9km.

If the normal prevailing easterly winds for this time of year are blowing, it will be a downwinder all the way.

Surfboard class riders wanting to race and get rankings in the overall Triple Crown will need to do the whole distance. Social cruisers can join the race at the 5km point (at Rangitane), for just $10. This will not be a race, but entrants will still benefit from the rescue cover and be eligible for spot prizes.(All will be explained at the briefing).

At present we do not plan to have a junior race on this day, but if the weather is good and we have enough juniors wanting to do it, we will make something happen at the Stone Store, before the final prizegiving.

Racers can meet at the Stone Store (the final destination of the race) for ride sharing. Shuttles will be arranged to ferry people back to Opito Bay to collect vehicles after the prize giving.

Event Schedule:

0915 Meet at Stone Store for ride sharing
0930 Registration opens at Opito Bay
1000 Registration closes
1015 Race briefing
1030 Mass start for 14'0, 12'6 and Surfboards doing the series
1100 Start for surfboards/socials
1200 Prize-giving at the Pear Tree
1215 Overall series prize-giving