Past Commodore Rob Curtis and his partner in the Ker 11.3 Kerazy, Glenn Tailby are finalising the crew for the last leg of their Kerazy North program, the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht race.
The program started on July 24 this year, when they sailed out of Sydney Harbour in the CYCA race to Southport. In this race they were well ahead of their main competitors until late on the second night when they thought it a good idea to slide through between the dreaded Fish Rock and the mainland against the tide. As their competition sailed up to them on a nice land breeze, Kerazy ended up having to reverse out of their predicament and rejoin the race – such is ocean racing.
The next stage was delivery to the Whitsundays for racing in Airlie Beach race week via Keppel Bay Marina. Pioneer Bay put on a shining week of racing for the fleet and it culminated in Kerazy taking fastest time over their division including a rather large Swan and a DK46.
Next stage was some R&R in Townville before racing in Magnetic Island race week. This is definitely one of the best race weeks. Kerazy was well in the top 3 of their division until the last day racing – it was all very close.
So the delivery home, some 1100nm in a 37footer race boat against the prevailing winds. Kerazy did the run choosing their weather windows and staying in some excellent marinas (Abel Point, Mackay, Urangan, Tin Can Bay, Southport Yacht Club, D’Albora Port Stephens). Highlights were the close encounters with whales and sailing inside Fraser Island through the Great Sandy Straights across Sheridan Flats which has only about 0.5m depth a low tide.
Rob and Glenn sailed back in to their home port of Pittwater at the start of October after some 2200nm of sailing Kerazy and involving over 20 friends in the program of racing and delivery.
So what do you do after all that? According to Rob and Glenn – “Going yacht racing of course”. They put it out there again to their wide range of sailing friends to see who was keen to race in the Pittwater to Coffs Race.
The race crew of 8 for the Coffs race is based on a number of friends who started ocean racing together in 2004 and have done many sea miles together including many Sydney to Hobarts, Coffs and Gold Coast races in the CYCA Sydney 38 Hidden Agenda and on RPAYC’s Secret Mens Business#1.
They can’t wait for January 2 to come around and head out and turn left towards Coffs.