All-out efforts will be made to entice one of the Wild Oats franchise boats into the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour regatta.
All-out efforts will be made to entice one of the Wild Oats franchise boats into the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour regatta. Trevor Veale

RPAYC announces 32nd regatta

ROYAL Prince Alfred Yacht Club has released the notice of race for the 32nd edition of the Pittwater and Coffs Harbour Regatta.

The regatta starts with the 226nm Pittwater to Coffs Harbour ocean race on January 2, 2013, followed by four category 4 races in Coffs Harbour over two consecutive days on January 5 and 6. The five races shall count for the overall regatta score with no discards and points awarded for race one, shall be doubled in value.

RPAYC Commodore, Robert Curtis, will again compete with his co-owned Secret Men's Business 1.

"The club invites all past competitors and newcomers to get a taste of some challenging and spectacular east coast racing in this warm water classic," he said.

"Both the RPAYC and Coffs Harbour Yacht Club have put in a lot of hard work into setting up the regatta and we know it will be another great event for everybody.

"My crew and I are very much looking forward to the race and regatta and especially, the turning left aspect towards Coffs."

The 2012 Pittwater to Coffs race offered up a new line honours winner in Craig Ellis' Future Shock in a time of 35:53.9, the slowest in 16 years.

Overall regatta winners were Mark Griffiths' boat Old School in IRC, Mark Hinchey's Wizzard in ORCi and Coffs Harbour-based Paul d'Olier's B52 in PHS.

Competitors will only be able to submit their entry online via the event website at www.pittwatertocoffs.com.au and the race will once again feature the Yellow Brick yacht tracking system to assist competitors, spectators, media and families onshore to follow the race with 15 minute updates.

Fans can also follow the race via Twitter and Facebook with frequent updates.

Renowned as a fun, family event there will also be plenty of onshore activity for families organised by the receiving Club, Coffs Harbour Yacht Club.

The RPAYC is predicting a fleet of around 60 yachts will make the start line for the race dubbed the 'warm water classic'.

Applications for entry close on Friday, December 7.

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



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