Southern apples & oranges for Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race

Two Victorian first time entrants for the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race starting January 2, 2015 are set to join the local fleet for the annual navigator’s challenge up the eastern seaboard from Sydney to the NSW Mid North coast.

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Virgin entrants Rob Hanna’s TP52 Shogun V and Jeff Dusting’s Sydney 47CR Adventure Safety Jem line up just five feet apart in length, but they are apples and oranges in terms of comfort and boat speed, though both have tasted handicap success.

Category 2 Race Remedies

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has taken steps to reduce the prospect of financial and logistical headaches arising from entering a typical Category 2 Australian coastal race such as the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race.

Previously boats owners had to submit paperwork online and also show hardcopies to a club official for them to sight and approve. This year the progressive Newport yacht club is saying other than a current rating certificate, radio inspection form and the completed and signed special regulations audit, the rest can be declared online. Credit Howard WrightCredit Howard Wright

“Once owners submit online paperwork the club doesn’t need to also sight hardcopies,” says sailing manager Brendan Rourke. “The race committee is using technology to record items that would normally be submitted in paper format with the aim of making the entry process less onerous for those wanting to be part of the fleet for the longstanding January 2nd coastal race.”

Organising committee chairman Richard Hudson confirms there’s again no HF radio requirement. Taking this a step further, for the first time in the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs ocean race’s history the club has done away with radio position reports altogether.

“It can be a bit of a project to enter a Cat 2 race,” Hudson says. “We are reducing the red tapeby doing away with the expensive barrier of an HF radio as well as position reports, which are in essence obsolete given the technology we have, plus removing duplicate paperwork.”

First Entries in for the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race

The chairman of the organising committee for the 34th Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race and skipper of the multihull record holder are the first entries for the New Year offshore event starting January 2, 2015 off Barrenjoey Headland.
Credit: Howard WrightCredit: Howard WrightRichard Hudson thought it appropriate the chairman submit his paperwork early, to set a good example, plus he’s keyed up about a significant personal milestone – his approaching 30th anniversary race. “I would hazard a guess having done 29 Pittwater to Coffs Harbour races makes me the person with the most behind them.”
Hudson and his Farr 45 Pretty Woman are loyal customers when it comes to the annual Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club organised event. Motivated by a great Sydney to Southport race back in July, Hudson thought, “let’s do it!” On his promptness he added, “As the organising committee chairman I thought I should set the standard.”
Pretty Woman’s steady crew includes a couple of new recruits from the RPAYC’s youth development program. (Credit photograph Howard Wright)
Setting a new multihull record of 17hrs 3mins 5secs for the 226nm course back in January this year was on the cards for Sean Langman’s Orma 60 Team Australia given it was the largest by far racing in the inaugural multihull division. He’s the first multihull entry for the 2015 Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs race and expects to be part of a larger fleet.
“For my part we enjoyed the challenge of the race and I believe this next race shall attract a larger multihull fleet,” said Langman. “At many major regattas new growth is coming from the multihull community.”

34th Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race 2015

New format and Entry open

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Newport on Sydney’s Northern Beaches is excited to announce a new format for its iconic opening event of the 2015 Australian offshore yachting calendar.

The club is offering owners of eligible boats a new trimmed down race program focusing on the 226nm Category 2 Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race starting on Friday January 2, 2015. A single non-pointscore fun pursuit race around the Solitary Islands off the Coffs Coast on January 5 replaces the previous four-part regatta.

Competitor feedback prompted the organising committee’s proactive response. “We understand lifestyles and work and family demands change and with the support of our partner Coffs Harbour Yacht Club we have tailored the event to better meet the needs of competitors,” RPAYC Commodore Ian Audsley said. “All our energy and resources will be put towards staging the best edition yet of the iconic ocean race from Pittwater to Coffs Harbour, and the post-race festivities.

Ragamuffin cleans out the trophy cupboard again with another triple crown win in the 2014 Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs race

Syd Fischer’s TP52 Ragamuffin, skippered by his grandson Brenton has cleaned out the trophy cabinet at tonight’s ocean race prize giving by defending their triple handicap crown in IRC, ORCi and PHS adding to their line honours win in the 2014 Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs race hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. In doing so, Ragamuffin etched their name in the history books to be the first boat to accomplish the back to back achievement in the 33 year running of the race.

The younger Fischer took out the coveted IRC handicap crown with a corrected time of 31hrs 46mins 31secs to win by a convincing 14 hours from Rob Reynolds DK46 Exile whilst Warwick Sherman’s new Ker Gts43 OCL 2 was a further hour back to take the final podium position.

PHS winners officially announced for Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs race

With the completion of all the boats in the Pittwater to Coffs race last night the PHS results were declared today with Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin officially declared the overall winner in a time of 34 hours 1 minute 18 seconds, 11 hours ahead of Exile with Pretty Woman third. They were also the Division One winners.

In Division Two, it was the Hanse 385 Out of Sight skippered by Mark Gorbatov who finished last night in a time of 46 hours 40 minutes ahead of the Elan 37 Koko skippered by Roy Leslie with Astral, a brand new Dufour 36 skippered by debutant owner Andrew Butler.

Exile storms into IRC contention going into the final day of the 2014 Club Marine Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta

Rob Reynolds DK46 Exile has stormed into IRC contention on day one of the two days of racing in Coffs Harbour as part of the five race Club Marine Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta. Exile, with a first and a seventh today, has positioned themselves nicely at the top of the leader board with another two races to round out the regatta tomorrow.

Exile, the leading IRC boat after its 2nd place overall in the Pittwater to Coffs race carries the double points plus his results today to end the day on 10 points, four points clear of his Middle Harbour mate Bob Cox and his DK46 Nine Dragons with the Hudson/Murphy/Lockley Farr 45 Pretty Woman on a lone point back in third on 15 points on the overall IRC leader board.

Exile crowned IRC & PHS winner in the 2014 Club Marine Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta

Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s Rob Reynold’s DK46 Exile has won the IRC division in the 2014 Club Marine Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta, six points ahead of the Hudson/Lockley/Murphy Pretty Woman as the regatta drew to a close today in Coffs Harbour, hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

With a scorecard of 2,1,7,2 in the four race regatta after the fifth race was abandoned, Reynold’s did enough to end his campaign on 12 points, knowing that he had to finish within five places of Pretty Woman to lift the coveted IRC regatta trophy. The Sydney 38 Old School skippered by Mark Griffith finished a further six points back to round out the podium.

Pittwater to Coffs

The Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race has developed over its 36 year history, into one of the most popular of all ocean-racing events in Australia.

The race offers competitors a strategic challenge as they race between the surfline and the current, past unsurpassed scenic coastlines, prior to arriving in one of Australia's most popular coastal cities.

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