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T-shirt upwinder for Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race

The blocking pattern of a huge stationary high pressure system over the Tasman Sea is going to decide conditions for the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race fleet of 28 yachts.

Other than some variation at the start and for the first few hours, each day will be déjà vu said Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Logan at this morning’s mandatory weather briefing at the ho

st club, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Newport on Sydney’s northern beaches.

At the 1pm start this afternoon, Friday January 2, 2015, to the north of Barrenjoey Headland, a 10 knot sou’easter tending east as the day warms is forecast.

Light winds are likely during the transition period then further north and out to sea the fleet can expect to run into the dominant north-easterly sea breeze. And that’s the pattern for the remainder of the 226 nautical mile race – an upwinder in t-shirts and shorts all the way to Coffs Harbour.

With little background swell and current, the degree of strength and how north of NE the pressure swings are the questions navigators can ponder for the first race of the Australian yachting calendar’s new year.

“There are no records on offer,” said Sean Langman, skipper of the ORMA 60 Team Australia that has one of the most famous names in yachting, James Spithill, on board. 

“Still, it requires the same discipline, you can’t treat it like a cruise,” Langman added.

Team Australia starts 15 mins after the monohull fleet and Langman’s aim is to catch then cover Beau Geste, Karl Kwok’s Botin 80, the largest yacht in the fleet.

For David Williams from the local RPAYC Farr 40 Harlequin, “light is good” according to the helmsman.

The monohull course benchmark of 18hr 29min 14sec was set in 2003 by Bob Oatley/Mark Richards with Wild Oats IX.

Last January Team Australia set the multihull record of 17hrs 3min 5sec.

Club Marine, Australia’s largest provider of pleasure craft insurance, is proud to be the naming rights sponsor of the 2015 Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race.

Event website www.pittwatertocoffs.com.au/

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By Lisa Ratcliff /RPAYC media

For race enquiries please contact:
RPAYC sailing office ph. (02) 9998 3771 e. yachting@rpayc.com.au.

For media information please contact:
Lisa Ratcliff m. 0418 428 511 e. lisa@occ.net.au

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About RPAYC

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC is a yacht racing and sailing club based on Pittwater.

The yacht club offers year round inshore and offshore racing, cruising, centreboard dinghy racing, sail training and courses plus has a large marina accommodating up to 352 vessels.

There is also a modern boatyard with comprehensive marine services to help maintain your vessel.

Membership, including family membership is now available.