Former German raider enters Pittwater To Coffs Yacht race
THE CLOSING date for entries into the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race has been extended until this Friday.
After the cut-off a late fee will apply to owners who wish to be part of the New Year coastal classic.
Organising committee member Robert McClelland says the race is within the reach of every club racer.
"It's difficult to win but a beautiful course to sail, in and out of all the headlands north of Pittwater," he said.
"There is plenty to challenge crews and in particular navigators in terms of coastal navigation and localised weather patterns, plus the East Coast Current."
Doug Coulter is bringing a new boat to the start line on January 2 on behalf of Lake Macquarie Yacht Club.
Imported from England, Shakti was owned by a German consortium and completed many transatlantic races including the Rolex Fastnet race.
"I took charge of the boat at the end of July and since then we've spent time getting it seaworthy to the required standards," Coulter said.
"We've done one race from Newcastle and the rest of our sailing has been on Lake Macquarie.
"I'm getting a bit long in the tooth for the Sydney to Hobart race and have nothing to prove.
"The majority of the aft crew for the Coffs race are very experienced, probably with 60 to 70 Hobart races between us.
"With a bit of luck we might get a running race north to Coffs in which case the boat will be very slippery."
Coulter has eight Pittwater to Coffs races under his sailing belt including a PHS podium win in 1998 with Frantic.
Coffs Harbour Yacht Club is working on a terrific program of activities once the fleet arrives including a crew tug of war and dinghy races on Sunday, January 4.