Upward trend as 2016 Pittwater To Coffs entry deadline nears
WITH entries for the Club Marine Pittwater To Coffs Harbour Yacht Race closing this Tuesday, a late surge in the past week has numbers trending 43% higher than the last staging.
So far four multihulls and 37 monohulls have nominated with 19 of the latter entered for the Solitary Island race when the fleet arrives at Coffs Harbour Yacht Club.
The start will take place on January 2 off Barrenjoey Headland at the entrance to Broken Bay.
In January this year Karl Kwok's 80-footer Beau Geste sailing for the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club easily took line honours in slow time.
The boat later backed up the win with success in the IRC division at the Hamilton Island regatta.
The successful Chinese businessman who competes all over the world has opted to return with his international crew and should be unchallenged for the fastest course time, given Beau Geste's slippery waterline length advantage.
"The race itself is short, swift and painless, and Coffs Harbour is equally very pleasant," Kwok said.
"I feel the weather last time did not do us justice but hopefully, Mother Nature will give us a chance to have a daylight finish."
Most boats in the quality fleet will carry an average crew of 10 sailors.
Based on current entries that's close to 400 seafarers preparing to embark on the annual feature conducted by Royal Prince Alfred and Coffs Harbour Yacht Clubs.