The Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race covers 226 nautical miles of coastal racing from Broken Bay (the mouth of Pittwater and the Hawkesbury River) to Coffs Harbour on the mid north coast of New South Wales.
The race is highly strategic, as the prevailing Australian east coast current flows south. In general, this means that the best strategy is to stay close to the coast, in the shallower water.
Most competitors wish for southerly winds, meaning that the conditions are easier and fast times can be achieved. If the northeast sea breezes are prevalent, conditions are very challenging. Most boats will short tack up the coast, but the winds ease at night. Tidal "gates" come into play.