Two handed sailing has a strong pedigree and a big following in the northern hemisphere but with the notable exception of the Melbourne Osaka Race it hasn’t attracted sustained mainstream interest here.
Short-handed sailing represents a huge physical and mental challenge. You get virtually zero sleep and have to physically push the boat while balancing learning to work together as a team. All of which makes it complicated, but also extremely rewarding and it must be said, fun.
If any of that sounds interesting, as opposed to a nightmare, then there’s some good news as this year there is a big and some would argue long overdue expansion of short handed events on the sailing calendar.
The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is offering a short handed division in the Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race getting underway on Friday 3 April and in the Cat 1 Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021. A few months later the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will include a two handed division in the Noakes Sydney to Gold Coast Race 2020 as a qualifier for the 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart, which will for the first time include a short handed division.
RPAYC Tuesday 11 February, 6.30pm. Halayrds Bistro also open for dinner.