Plain sailing is the goal
By CRAIG McTEAR
DARREN Digney has given himself plenty of time to prepare for the Strathfield Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race on January 2.
The local owner/skipper sailed Mistress Again out of Coffs Harbour yesterday and is due to arrive in Sydney this afternoon, two weeks out from the big race.
The businessman cited work commitments as the reason for his early departure, which would also allow him to make an early start organising the boat.
"We've got some new sails on the boat that we're testing, weather permitting," Mr Digney said.
"The forecast for our trip is anything from south-
easterlies, to easterlies and north-easterlies."
He has four other locals with him for the trip south.
When asked about his chances in the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race, Mr Digney replied: "We're only doing it for a bit of fun.
"We'll go all right in our division under handicap, and I reckon we'll finish in the middle of the field.
"There'll be eight of us on the boat in the race, including two people from Yamba."
The other local entrant, Harbour Design Homes B52, co-owned by Steve Brown and Paul D'Olier, is already in Sydney.