Crew member Di Leach aboard Coffs yacht B52 before winning PHS class in the last warm water classic.
Crew member Di Leach aboard Coffs yacht B52 before winning PHS class in the last warm water classic. Trevor Veale

Momentum builds for 32nd Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Race

WITH seven weeks to the close of entries, yacht owners continue preparations for the Club Marine Pittwater and Coffs Harbour Regatta.

The 226nm passage race starts off Barrenjoey Headland on January 2 with four races in Coffs Harbour over two consecutive days.

With 55 boats expected on the start line, the race and regatta will attract racing enthusiasts from a broad base of clubs across Australia and a mix of experienced offshore sailors, youth and newcomers to the sport of ocean racing.

Having entered his boat Secret Mens Business already, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club commodore Rob Curtis said the organisation process had begun in earnest.

"Both the RPAYC and Coffs Harbour Yacht Clubs are putting a lot of hard work into setting up the regatta," he said.

"With Club Marine coming on board we know it will be another great event, so I invite all past competitors and indeed any debutantes to get their entry in as soon as possible.

"With the Australian PHS championships open to all boats this year we hope that it will provide for some excellent competition.

"After finishing a close second last year my crew and I are very much looking forward to turning left towards Coffs."

The Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race is one of the most popular offshore races in Australia.

From humble beginnings in 1981 when 14 boats entered, it has grown in stature over its 32 year history.

The current race record held by Bob Oatley's Wild Oats IX is 18 hours 29 minutes 14 seconds.

The race will once again feature the Yellow Brick yacht tracking system with 15 minute updates from the start gun until the last boat crosses the finish line.

Race fans can stay up to date on all the event action and yacht positions via the website www.pittwatertocoffs.com.au with additional updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Entries close on Friday, December 7, at 5pm.

For race inquiries and documentation contact the RPAYC Sailing Office on (02) 9998 3771 or yachting@rpayc.com.au



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