Lucky third time for Pittwater at Coffs Harbor Yacht Race –
After two false starts, the first an early victim of COVID-19 in 2020 and the second due to incredibly large flooding across New South Wales in 2021, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is looking forward to get the Pittwater at Coffs Harbor Yacht Race underway in April 2022.
For 2021, the new annual racing date has been set for one week before Easter, which has been well and truly endorsed by the ocean racing community. The 42 entries saw a fantastic cross-section of offshore racing boats, from family and crewed cruise racers to Professional Crewed Line Honors and Tattersall Cup winners from the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race.
For the new 2021-2022 ocean racing season, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia have revamped their offshore programs to include a short summer series from January to April, with the Pittwater to Coffs Harbor Yacht Race as last blue water race of the sailing season off NSW.
The race is appealing to boats heading north for the winter regatta season in North Queensland and perfectly timed for the Brisbane to Gladstone race starting on Good Friday each year.
âWe expect a great entry list for the race that has a place in the heart of the ocean racing community,â said RPAYC Race Director Nick Elliott. âAfter two years of border restrictions for NSW and VIC yachts and crews wishing to head north for the Queensland regattas, 2022 is expected to see an increased fleet moving up the coast, making the Pittwater race at Coffs Harbor an attractive part travel.
“The race provides a fantastic route for new sailors off to a weekend of sailing, as well as experienced sailors looking to break their own previous race records and that of the race itself.”
The RPAYC has seen a lot of enthusiasm around doubles racing, with the arrival of new boats specially adapted for this discipline in the last 12 months, as well as sailors reconfiguring their sailboats to compete in this demanding discipline.
It’s not just the monohulls that get excited about racing; several leading offshore multihulls have once again expressed their interest in participating in this classic offshore race.
Jason Carroll was planning to bring his ORMA 60 trimaran down from Queensland for racing in 2021, and Darren Drew was hoping to win the silverware with his huge success Crowther 50, Top Gun.
The 2022 Pittwater Yacht Race to Coffs Harbor will once again see a diverse fleet of yachts and crews enjoying the race along the coast to the holiday town of Coffs Harbor, where they are sure to receive a warm welcome from Coffs.
The Coffs Harbor Yacht Club and Coffs Harbor International Marina will welcome the fleet on arrival and are sure to party with plenty of cold beer and hot food.
Presentations are scheduled for Sunday afternoon, depending on weather conditions, giving teams time to get home on Monday morning and work as needed.
The scheduled race start time is 1:00 p.m. on Friday April 8, 2022.
Visit the event website at: www.pittwatertocoffs.com.au