The Coffs harbour Offshore Series in January is about to be beefed up.
The Coffs harbour Offshore Series in January is about to be beefed up. File

Sailing's new championship

THE Inaugural Australian Performance Handicap (PHS) Championships will be conducted in conjunction with the Pittwater and Coffs Harbour regatta being held over five days at the start of January.

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) Commodore Rob Curtis, announced this exciting addition to the regatta's format.

"For sailors the racing is, of course, competitive, and it's a warm water series, so it emulates those more tropical race locations but to deliver an even more competitive aspect, the club decided on inaugurating the Australian PHS Championships" Curtis said.

"The number of sailors who race PHS is significant and we believe they should be a recognised group and have a competitive championship."

Racing starts on January 2 with the 226-nautical mile Pittwater to Coffs Harbour warm water classic.

The championship continues off the Coffs coast with a combination of windward leeward and passage races, open to Category 4 yachts.

The Regatta concludes on the evening of January 6 with the prize presentation.

Curtis said that plans are being put into place to make the 31st running of the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour event the biggest and the best of all of the regattas that have been held in the past.

"The club has been considering a host of developments over recent months to provide more interest for sailors and their families," he said.

"There is a need to really look after the families of sailors, keep them well entertained with organised activities to complement the wide range of local attractions the Coffs region has to offer.

"Some of these exciting activities will be announced in coming weeks."



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