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Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race - Australian Cricket Captain makes debut

by Jennifer Crooks on 24 Jul 2014
Michael Clarke and Anthony Bell with the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race line honours trophy. Dale Lorimer
2014 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race - Australian Cricket Captain Michael Clarke will make his ocean racing debut aboard Perpetual Loyal in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia organised Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race which starts this Saturday 26 July at 1pm off Nielsen Park on Sydney Harbour.

'I’ve been working with Anthony Bell (owner of Perpetual Loyal) for a while now to try and see how we could work together and I’m really glad to be part of the team,' Clarke said of the race that will take him well outside his comfort zone. Ex-Wallaby turned pro-sailor Phil Waugh will be there to support Clarke.

This will be the first time Perpetual Loyal and Wild Oats XI have met since last year’s Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and both have recently undergone modifications all aimed at making the super maxis even faster.

A fleet of 56 yachts representing the top echelons of Australian yachting will take on the 384 nautical mile race that finishes off Main Beach at Southport on Queensland’s Gold Coast, with line honours contenders aiming at WOXI’s open race record of 22 hours 3 minutes 46 seconds, set in 2012.

The start of the 384 nautical mile Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race is at 13:00hrs, Saturday 26 July 2014

The start line off Nielsen Park at Vaucluse. The fleet will then proceed out of Sydney Heads and turn left towards the Gold Coast, finishing just off Main Beach, Southport. 56 yachts including Wild Oats XI, Perpetual LOYAL, Brindabella, Black Jack, Southern Excellence II, Ichi Ban, Victoire and Balance.

THE 2014 RACE

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Abracadabra 5612 NSW Tripp 47
After Midnight 8778 NSW Farr 40 Mod
Amante 6609 NSW Sydney 36 CR
Anger Management 11011 NSW Corby 43
Ariel A140 NSW Beneteau First 40
Audere 4545 TAS Beneteau First 45
Balance 52002 NSW Farr Tp 52
Bear Necessity MH115 NSW C & C 115
Black Jack 52570 QLD Volvo 70
Black Sheep 33345 NSW Beneteau 45
Brindabella 10000 NSW Jutson 80
Celestial 421 NSW Rogers 46
Chutzpah R33 VIC Caprice 40
Close Halled M3 NSW Beneteau First 40
Colortile 67 NSW Sayer 44.9
Concubine B40 SA Beneteau First 40
Duende ESP6100 NSW JV52
Elena Nova 65007 NSW Judel & Vorlijk 42
Flying Cloud 6808 NSW Beneteau First 40
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NSW TP52 Donovan
Helsal 3 262 TAS Adams 20
Ichi Ban AUS01 NSW Carkeek 60
Isabella 6654 NSW Hanse 400E
L'Altra Donna 6935 NSW Summit 35
Last Tango 8975 NSW Salona 44
Le Billet 10447 NSW Beneteau First 44.7
Local Hero 1236 NSW BH 36
Luna Sea 8339 NSW Hick 35
Merlin 93 NSW Kaiko 52
Mortgage Choice Rumba 6232 NSW Northshore 370
Not A Diamond RQ2404 QLD Beneteau First 40
Occasional Coarse Language One 8009 NSW Cookson 12
Occasional Coarse Language Too 8008 NSW Sydney GTS 43
PMA Yeah Baby A5 NSW Welbourn 50
Papillon 6841 NSW Archambault 40RC
Patrice 360 NSW Ker 46
Patrice Six MH777 NSW X-41
Perpetual LOYAL SYD 1000 NSW Juan-K 100
Pretty Fly III 10007 NSW Cookson 50
Pretty Woman 545 NSW IC 45 MOD
Primitive Cool S777 VIC RP51
She's The Culprit 370 NSW Inglis /Jones 39
Southern Excellence II AUS03 NSW Volvo Open 70
St George Midnight Rambler 8338 NSW Ker 40
St Jude 6686 NSW Sydney 47
Swish 226 NSW ES44
The Banshee 4100 NSW MBD41
The Goat 7027 NSW Sydney 38
Thirlmere 3060 NSW Sydney 38
Twitch B44 VIC Beneteau First 44.7
Victoire AUS5299 NSW Cookson 50
Wax Lyrical 248 NSW X 50
Wild Oats XI AUS10001 QLD RP100
Wild Rose 4343 NSW Farr 43
Wot Eva - SWD 6953 NSW Nelson Marek 52
XS Moment 11744 NSW XP44