Club Marine Pittwater to Southport race replaces Coffs race

In light of the damage caused to Coffs Harbour marina when a severe east coast low hit the region earlier this month, the finish of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s signature offshore event is moving to Southport on the Queensland Gold Coast for 2017.  

Coffs Harbour’s marina and marina office and other local businesses suffered infrastructure damage when giant waves crashed over the northern breakwall during the peak of the June storm. At the time ABC Coffs Coast reported the force of the waves broke finger-wharves from their moorings and destroyed part of the timber boardwalk that provide access to yachts berthed at the marina.

Given the damage and the risk it won’t be repaired in time for the fleet’s arrival in early January, the RPAYC board of directors has today confirmed the 2017 New Year race will be renamed the Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race and finish off Southport’s Main Beach.Beau Geste IRC overall winner of the 2016 Pittwater to Coffs Beau Geste IRC overall winner of the 2016 Pittwater to Coffs

The event will start from the traditional Coffs Race start line just north of Palm Beach Headland at 1pm on January 2, 2017 and cover a course length of 370 nautical miles, an extra 145nm. The same Category 2 safety requirements will apply and the club’s simple online entry process will be in place for the longer coastal race.

Commodore of RPAYC Ian Audsley said, “We enjoy a partnership with Coffs Harbour Yacht Club and community spanning 35 years and we reached out to them immediately after the worst of the storm to express our heartfelt concern. We recognise their disappointment with the board’s decision, particularly after steps taken to initiate remediation of the marina, however we need to assure boat owners well in advance there are suitable facilities at the finish to accommodate them.

“Southport has welcomed the opportunity to host the finish in January 2017 and I’m sure it will be an outstanding success,” the Commodore added.

Southport Yacht Club, which hosts the finish of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual mid-winter Land RoverSydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, has embraced the idea of finishing the RPAYC’s race and the two clubs are now working together on the detail. SYC recently made the difficult decision to cancel their Coffs Harbour to Southport yacht race,

SYC director Ray McMahon said, “As much as we are devastated for our friends in Coffs Harbour, here at Southport we are pleased the fleet is heading to us. We have a modern floating marina and other facilities to host the finishers, plus with our open-arms policy we’ll make sure all visitors have the best time.”

The Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race dovetails into SYC’s Bartercard Sail Paradise series. Instead of the RPAYC conducting a program of short races once the fleet arrives, as they do for the annual Pittwater to Coffs race, the Southport fleet can simply roll straight into SYC’s existing Sail Paradise Regatta starting Wednesday January 11.

Details for Sail Paradise 2017 here

More information on the Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race and the Notice of Race will be released by the RPAYC in the coming weeks.

By Lisa Ratcliff /RPAYC media

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Press Release on Yachting Incidents

The RPAYC sadly confirms that Marine Area Command has advised that the crewman missing off Port Stephens on a return journey from Coffs Harbour is Mal Lennon from the vessel Amante. Our thoughts are with Mr Lennon’s family and friends at this time and with the crew who were involved in the incident.

A number of vessels experienced trouble in the vicinity, including M3 also on their return from Coffs Harbour following the Club’s annual Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race which set off from the RPAYC on 2 January and concluded with the last boat finishing on 4 January. M3 was disabled, ran aground north of Port Stephens late last night, but thankfully all crew safely made it to shore.

The Club would like to acknowledge and thank the efforts of all involved in the search and rescue, including the vessels that stood by to assist in the search, notably Amante and Jem. The unwavering support of the Marine Area Command and in particular, Marine Rescue Port Stephens, who worked through the day and night providing assistance to a number of vessels was exemplary and the entire sailing and boating community are grateful for their tireless work.

Further inquiries should be directed to the Police Media Unit on 8263 6100.

Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs yacht race start in light sou’easter

A fleet of 42 boats and more than 400 sailors setting off from the entrance to Broken Bay today at 1pm face a sluggish start to the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race before sou’easters build. Based on the forecast the medium and smaller sized boats are primed for the handicap prizes.
Michael Logan, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster, delivered his final weather advice at this morning’s mandatory race and weather briefing at the organising club, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Race on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
A high pressure system south of the Bight is moving slowly east maintaining a weak ridge over the NSW coast and fine weather and a light sou’east breeze are likely for the start today off Barrenjoey Headland, strengthening to 10-15 knots during the afternoon.
Sunday, January 3, 2016, the fleet should be feeling the background easterly swell and getting ready for a wet day with showers north of the Hunter due to a weak coastal trough. Sou’east breezes in the 10-15 knot range may increase to 20 knots locally.
Monday is looking unsettled.
For the line honours challenger Beau Geste it will be a “kick and chase” race, and the fact the smaller boats are in a better position for handicap honours means they can afford to take some risks said skipper Karl Kwok this morning. A race record is no longer on the agenda for the 80-footer, instead they predict at 24hr trip putting them into Coffs early tomorrow afternoon.
A percentage of competitors are not long back from the Rolex Sydney Hobart and re-packed to head north today on different boats and the two Hobart withdrawals, M3, with Geelong based Sydney 38 owner Brenton Carnell skippering, and Mick Martin’s Frantic.
Darren Drew prayed for fresher winds to get his Crowther 50 Top Gun into high gear. Based on the latest outlook he’s expecting to have to chase down Shaun Carroll’s lighter Morticia over the 226 nautical mile distance. Three multihulls are among the final starting list of 42.
Coffs Harbour Marine Rescue has stocked up and a team is on standby to greet all crews with a freshly cooked hamburger and a cold drink, regardless of the finish time.
All boats competing in the race to Coffs Harbour and Solitary Islands race will carry a tracking device to allow 24hr monitoring.
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North looking good; Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race

Media Release 23 December 2015

North looking good; Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race

Credit: RPAYC MediaCredit: RPAYC Media
There’s plenty of chatter about weather models and the chances of a rough and uncomfortable Rolex Sydney Hobart starting in less than three days’ time, making the choice to head north to Coffs Harbour one week later even more appealing.

It’s not too late for Hobart race entrants that suffer a setback, such as a paperwork delay or late gear failure, and don’t make the start line to switch directions and enter the Cat 2 safety rated Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Race right up until Tuesday 29 December.

Bartercard Coffs to Paradise in 2016

Southport Yacht Club, on the Gold Coast, is planning an appealing extension to the annual Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Race, which is scheduled to start on January 2, 2016.

Gold Coast from the air the venue for the SYC Sail Paradise Gold Coast from the air the venue for the SYC Sail Paradise

Pittwater to Coffs Welcomes PredictWind as a prize sponsor

The Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Committee welcomes back PredictWind as a prize sponsor to this years race. PredictWind will provide a 12 month professional subscription valued at $499 to each of the 3 handicap winners.

PredictWind combines sophisticated wind weather prediction technology with local topography maps to create the highest resolution marine forecast available for over 20,000 locations around the world. Developed by research scientists over 30 years, it has been adapted to provide hourly predictions to localised areas as small as one square kilometre.







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