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The mighty Wild Oats XI glides into Coffs Harbour to win the big race.
The mighty Wild Oats XI glides into Coffs Harbour to win the big race. File

ROYAL Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) and Coffs Harbour Yacht Club have announced SLAM Australia the official merchandiser and supporting sponsor for the 30th Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race which gets under way on January 2.

Competitors, crews and families can purchase merchandise by going to the SLAM online store and placing their order for polo shirts, T-shirts and regatta caps all featuring the event logo.

All selling will take place online apart from a strictly limited quantity of T-shirts available in Coffs Harbour.

“The Pittwater to Coffs race is iconic and SLAM is very excited to have formed this partnership,” managing director Peter Shipway remarked.

“Our online store has been going incredibly well and we’re happy the RPAYC has chosen this method to sell regatta merchandise.”

With just under a month to the closing date, entries continue to roll in for the race, among them the Elliot 57 Future Shock, Craig Ellis’ green machine from the Cruising Yacht Club, which finished fourth over the line in the 2010 race.

Also entered is the custom-designed MBD 40-foot racer/cruiser Dream Lover, owned and skippered by Rick Morgan from Queensland’s Moreton Bay Yacht Club.

In recent years the boat has built up a huge ocean-racing resume.

The first Victorian boat to enter the race has been received with David Currie’s LY60 Belle representing the Royal Brighton Yacht Club.

The boat, purchased in Europe in 2007, spent most of 2009 cruising the Mediterranean before competing in the 2010 Sydney to Southport race.

At the other end of the fleet will be the Hicks 35 Brand X, owned by Cronulla Sailing Club’s Greg Brand, to provide company to the other 35-footer, the J35 Jayhawk, who will compete from behind as the fleet makes its way north to Coffs Harbour.

And the roster from Cronulla SC builds with the modified Farr 40 Shaya Moya II, owned by Gavin Mead, entering her third Pittwater to Coffs race.

A Category Two event in world ocean racing, the 226-nautical-mile offshore classic is part of a five-race series with the last four contested on January 5-6 around

the local port once the fleet arrives.

The race attracts enthusiasts from a broad base of yacht clubs across Australia and a mix of offshore sailors, youth and newcomers to the sport.

Entries close on Friday, December 3, with the Notice of Race and online entry available from www.pittwatertocoffs.com.au

Regatta merchandise is available on www.slamanz.com/sr or by following the link from the Pittwater-Coffs event website.