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Southern raiders have eye on warm water classic

Two southern raiders have joined the fleet for January's Pittwater to Coffs Harbour 226nm warm water classic.
Two southern raiders have joined the fleet for January's Pittwater to Coffs Harbour 226nm warm water classic. Damian Devine

IT'S not unusual for Victorians to come to the Coffs Coast seeking warmer climes during a holiday so the latest entrants for the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour yacht race shouldn't be a surprise.

Two first time entrants from Victoria are set to join the local fleet for the annual navigator's challenge up the eastern seaboard when the warm watre classic begins on January 2.

The maiden entrants are Rob Hanna's TP52 Shogun V and Jeff Dusting's Sydney 47CR Adventure Safety Jem.

Sandringham Yacht Club member Dusting admits the offer of heading north for the new year was a major reason behind the decision to enter the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race.

While in Sydney to buy Safety Jem, Dusting noticed the poster for the 'warm water classic', the tagline for the Pittwater to Coffs race, displayed at the host Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

"It was our first time at Pittwater where we were buying the boat and happened to see the ad for the 'warm water classic'," Dusting said.

"We are sick of going south at Christmas and like the idea of heading the other direction."

Dusting has completed numerous Melbourne to Hobart races on previous boats and won Tasmania's Three Peaks Race, a shorthanded offshore sailing and mountain running event. He figures like the Three Peaks, heading north in the New Year will be a "navigator's challenge", choosing the best route to Coffs Harbour over the 226 nautical mile medium distance passage.
 

Topics:  boating, coffs harbour, coffs harbour yacht club, outdoor-living, pittwater to coffs harbour yacht race, sailing



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