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 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.”