The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Coffs Harbour Yacht Club welcome all eligible boats to enter the 35th Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Yacht Race. The 226nm Category 2 Bluewater race from Pittwater to Coffs Harbour will start on Saturday January 2, 2016, 1300hrs.
Once in Coffs Harbour a single non-pointscore fun pursuit race from Coffs Harbour around the Solitary Islands off the Coffs Coast will be held on January 5.
The Notice of Race has been published and applications for entry are open at the Event Website www.pittwatertocoffs.com.au . There will be five entry categories available; IRC, PHS, ORCi, Multihull (OMR), and a Shorthanded (PHS) division.
The 2016 Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race again welcomes entries from eligible multihulls. Back in January 2014 Sean Langman’s Orma 60 trimaran Team Australia took line honours in the multihull division and created a new race record of 17hrs 7mins 5secs.
Corey Yeung, NSW State Manager of naming rights sponsor Club Marine, added, “Club Marine is proud to be associated with the longstanding event and the competing yachtsmen and women. We once again look forward to meeting competitors, seeing them out on the water at the start off Palm Beach and welcoming them at the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club in early January.”
To assist owners and crew in their preparation for the race The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has developed the "Come to Coffs Pathway", a series of training opportunities (including Safety at Sea, First Aid, Person Overboard, Radio Operator courses) Seminars (Navigating to Coffs, Internet@Sea, Essential Equipment), and qualify races to meet the eligibility requirements of a Category 2 race.
The first of training is a First Aid Course on the 24 & 25 June, 2015 - Click here for enrolment
Two safety items the Coffs Race Committee have adopted for the race is the inclusion for all boats to carry an AIS Transponder and a satellite phone. In previous races Satellite phone were an option if a boat was using an HF radio. The Race Committee believes these technologies will benefit the safety of all competitors sailing north through some of the coasts busiest shipping lanes. Virtual skeds will continue to be used for the 2016 race as boats will have Yellow Brick trackers installed throughout the race and also for the Coffs Harbour Solitary Islands Race.
Applications for entry close December 1, 2015.
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Dolphin sightings, picturesque sunsets, new comraderies and great memories are all part of Ocean Yacht racing. It takes a lot of preparation and training but at the end of the day it’s well worth it all.
In focus is Marcus Grimes and his High Anxiety Crew.
High Anxiety is a Stillwell Boat built in 1988 in Terrey Hills for RPAYC Member Peter Hayes. She has seen many different crew and skippers until it eventually ended up in the hand of Marcus.
“ Given it was a well know boat, we were a little worried when we started racing that we would have big shoes to fill.” Says Marcus.
For Marcus, support from the Sailing Office and the Yacht Race Committee along with a few other members made earlier races a lot more enjoyable.
“Allen Stormon got on board for a series of races to lend some experience and other skippers were happy to help out with advice and encouragement” Says Marcus.
That’s what the RPAYC is about, excellence in sailing and the members very much adhere to the vision and help out others, as they say there’s no substitute for experience.
Experience is something which Marcus and his crew wanted to work on, their “never say die attitude” pushes them into racing in all conditions, learning from each race and each other and found that the Blue Water Point Score Series is the best way to go about it.
“The RPAYC Blue Water Races are the best way to build experience for both skippers and crew.”
With a build-up of experience and confidence, the next step was to do a Cat 2 Ocean Race which does require detailed preparation and training. The Blue Water Series builds on experience but there’s a need for certain training programs to become Cat 2 certified.
“As High Anxiety is an older boat and had not been Cat 2 certified we had quite a lot of things to do.
“Getting your boat measured for ORCi stability and crew certifications such as the Safety and Survival at Sea takes some time but best to get started ASAP. However knowing both are valid for 5 years is a bonus, one less thing to do this year!”
Marcus and the High Anxiety crew are prepping for the 2016 Pittwater to Coffs and based off their participation last year, it seems Marcus will potentially become a seasoned Ocean Racing skipper.
“The excitement was really high last year knowing we were lining up against Beau Geste, Team Australia and taking off with an actual spectator fleet. We had met Andrew Butler and had a great battle with Astral up the north coast. A friendly rivalry I look forward to this year.”
High Anxiety took to social media and the Internet for keeping their internal communications up to date so everyone knew what was going on, now it has developed into a micro-marketing tool to tell their stories.
“It’s fantastic for new crew to get an idea of what we are all about, hopefully some non-sailors will see our dolphin videos, read some of our adventures and maybe they will give sailing or ocean racing a go.”
Marcus encourages skippers to “go on, do it” and the Club is here to help. Get in touch with the Sailing Office and they can direct you in the right direction. Alternatively, Marcus is more than happy to lend a hand, you can contact him through www.ha-crew.com. You can also visit the website www.pittwatertocoffs.com.au for more information.
Robbo Robertson’s Corrobboree wins the Coffs’ Solitary Islands race to conclude the 2015 Club Marine 34th Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race.
After a long race of shifty calm conditions in the Club Marine 34th Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Race that commenced on Friday 2nd January, competitors were once again pleasantly cursed with calm conditions for the Solitary Islands pursuit race today, but it was a “chilled” way to end this year’s event.
Seven yachts are now docked at Coffs Harbour marina or heading back to Sydney and the last travelling north to put one of the slower races in 34 years to bed, Mark Gorbatov’s Out of Sight, is making good gains and is due in before midnight tonight, Sunday January 4, 2015.
Guided by a full moon and making the most of the warm NE breeze the international crew of 17 on Karl Kwok’s 80-foot maxi Beau Geste took line honours tonight in the protracted Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race.
In a sudden disappointing turn of events in the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race, race leader and multihull record holder Team Australia’s 100-foot mast came down late this morning when the trimaran was 10 miles out to sea south of Port Macquarie.
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