Ocean race sailing into history
NEXT year’s 30th anniversary Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race will be marked by the publication of a history of the event.
The book being written by immediate Past Commodore of Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) and 20-year race veteran Angus Gordon is in its final stages and expected to be published in time for the Christmas rush.
Titled Racing to Coffs – Memoirs of a Coffs Tragic ... the book covers the history of the race, preparation of vessel and crew, understanding the weather and currents as well as tactics, navigation and position reporting.
The book will have appeal to those interested in the race whether they have previously competed or intend to compete.
Race committee chairman for RPAYC Richard Hudson visited Coffs Harbour this week to confer on local preparations for the race which begins off Barrenjoey Headland on January 2, 2011.
“There will be some major changes to the event next year,” he revealed.
“It will be a five-race series kicking off with the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour ocean race, followed by four races in Coffs Harbour over two consecutive days.
“On January 5-6, a short windward/leeward sprint will be sailed with a longer race around the South Solitary Islands each day.”
There will be no lead-up offshore race at the Pittwater end of the regatta prior to the passage race up the coast.
After the Pittwater and Coffs Harbour Offshore series, some of the fleet will re-assemble on January 7 to take part in the second Coffs to Paradise Race, a 150 nautical mile coastal sprint hosted by the Southport Yacht Club.
After meeting with Coffs Harbour Yacht Club head Darren Digney, Hudson praised the receiving body’s major commitment.
Considerable renovations are either planned for or being undertaken at the clubhouse and a new bar and upgraded toilet, shower and catering facilities await the crews when they arrive.
“Coupled with the Coffs Harbour International Marina’s willingness to accommodate as many boats as needed, it’s a huge positive for the 2011 event,” Hudson remarked.
“It will hopefully mirror the 10th and 20th anniversaries of the event when in excess of 100 boats were entered.”
The notice of race and application for entry will be available shortly.
For the first time competitors will be able to submit their entry online via the event website www.pittwatertocoffs.com.au