Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Regatta -Two weeks until Race Entries Close

by Jennifer Crooks on 1 Jul 2013
Volvo 70 Southern Excellence II Andrew Wenham’s
Entries for the 28th edition of the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race close in two weeks. The fleet currently stands at 47 yachts for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual winter passage north

Queenslander Mark Bradford will helm the Volvo 70 Black Jack which Peter Harburg purchased earlier this year.

Previously raced as Telefonica in last year’s Volvo Ocean Race (where she won the first three legs and finished fourth overall), Harburg had the boat shipped to Australia where it has undergone some modifications to bring her in line with Australian standards.

'The boat was purchased with the idea of racing closer to the top end of the fleet and shortening the gap to the super maxis,' Mark Bradford said. 'We think the boat will rate well under IRC but we’re also thinking of line honours too.

'One of the main reasons for purchasing the boat was that it was manageable and Peter (Harburg) could run the program he wanted to for the size of boat that we have – doing it properly with the right people and the right equipment.

'We’ve brought a couple of Volvo specialists into the crew for this race including Ryan Godfrey (ex-Puma) but it’s essentially our core crew from the 66 footer,' Bradford added.

Black Jack will be officially launched this Friday and will then complete her sea trials before being sailed to Sydney for the start of the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race. 'We’re looking forward to the next 12-18 months racing against other Volvo 70s including Calm 2, the former Camper, now owned by Victorian Jason Van der Slot,' Bradford added.

Another Volvo 70 that Black Jack will tussle with will be CYCA Director Andrew Wenham’s Southern Excellence II, the former Ichi Ban. Whilst it’s a little older, Wenham still thinks Southern Excellence II will be competitive against the newer Volvo 70 and Jim Cooney’s Jutson 80 Brindabella.

'The Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race is an integral part of our Blue Water Pointscore Series campaign. It will be good to race against Black Jack and see how we fare – they might beat us on line honours but I think our rating (IRC) is better,' Wenham said.

'I’m looking forward to the race north. Hopefully we get more breeze than we did in the Gosford Lord Howe Island race otherwise I think I might have a mutiny on my hands.'

Southern Excellence II took line honours in this year’s Gosford Lord Howe Island yacht race in a time of 63 hours, 45minutes and 22 seconds; which was one of the longest in the race’s recent history marred by light and fluky winds.


Since taking ownership in March this year, Wenham had upgraded a number of systems on the boat to improve her IRC rating and to suit his requirements.

Rod Jones, a two-time Australian IRC champion and one of three Queensland entrants, will bring his Welbourn 50 Audi Sunshine Coast to the start line. Built in Gosford and originally launched as Heaven Can Wait, Jones has optimised and tweaked Audi Sunshine Coast. In this year’s protracted Gosford Lord Howe Island Yacht Race, Jones finished third on line and won the PHS division.

Jones will do battle with other 50 footers such as Bob Steel’s TP52 Quest, representing the host club, Wayne Keavy’s Elliott 52 Upshot, Victorian Robert Date’s RP52 Scarlet Runner and Darryl Hodgkinson’s Cookson 50 Victoire, the former Jazz.

Hodgkinson, the 2012 CYCA Ocean Racer of the Year, with his ‘new’ Victoire and last year’s Blue Water Pointscore Series runner up and winner of the Cape Byron Series (ORCi division of the BWPS) Sam Haynes’ Rogers 46 Celestial, are short-priced favourites to win the CYCA’s 2013 Blue Water Pointscore Series, which commences with the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race.

Last year, Bob Oatley’s super maxi Wild Oats XI took her third consecutive line honours win and set a new race record of 22 hours, 3 minutes and 46 seconds.

At the other end of the scale, Kim Jaggar and Travis Read’s Davidson 34 Illusion is the smallest boat so far in a fleet that represents the best from NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

The Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race will start on Sydney Harbour at 1pm, Saturday 27 July, off Nielsen Park at Vaucluse. The course takes the fleet down the Harbour and out through Sydney Heads, before turning left towards the finish line off Main Beach at Southport, on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Entry can be completed online until 1700 hours on Friday 12 July by logging on to: http://goldcoast.cyca.com.au/competitors/online-race-entry/

Wildwind 2016 660x82Zhik Isotak Ocean 660x82Barz Optics - Floaters

Related Articles

Sailing crew from Darwin take second place in Passage Race at 2017 FoS
Darwin sailor Peter Bracken has one less thing to worry about out on water at Festival of Sails this week – crocodiles. Darwin sailor Peter Bracken has one less thing to worry about out on the water at the Festival of Sails this week – crocodiles.
Posted today at 5:42 am
New record at Mount Gay Round Barbados Race
Andy Budgen sailing Mach 2 foiling Intl Moth Nano Project completed 60nm Mount Gay Round Barbados Race at a record pace Andy Budgen sailing his Mach 2 foiling International Moth Nano Project completed the 60nm Mount Gay Round Barbados Race at a record pace of 4 hours, 23 minutes, 18 seconds, to established the Absolute Foiling Monohull record. He also broke his own personal record time from a few years ago when he sailed his VO70 Monster Project into the record books for the Absolute Monohull Record.
Posted today at 2:28 am
Manly 16' Skiff Club Race - Heat 3 Club Championships - Video
With the afternoon breeze fading to 12-15 knots, Bow Caddy spied the Manly 16’ skiffs getting ready for Heat 3 of the With the afternoon breeze fading to 12-15 knots, Bow Caddy spied the Manly 16 ’skiffs getting ready for Heat 3 of the Club Championships with the starting line in Manly Cove. We caught some of the action as the fleet straight lined the bottom mark with a few of the port tackers getting a nasty surprise from those approaching on a late starboard gybe.
Posted today at 12:50 am
Day 77 – Ninety percent of Vendée Globe fleet now back in Atlantic
With Banque Populaire and Hugo Boss tied up to the dock in Les Sables d'Olonne sixteen skippers remain at sea today With Le Cléac'h's Banque Populaire and second-placed Alex Thomson's Hugo Boss tied up to the dock in Les Sables d'Olonne sixteen skippers remain at sea today – and fourteen of them are now in the Atlantic.
Posted on 21 Jan
Vendee Globe - Romain Attansio at the Horn
Romain Attanasio rounded Cape Horn, the third of the legendary capes in the Vendée Globe at 2043hrs UTC on Friday Romain Attanasio (Famille Mary-Étamine du Lys) rounded Cape Horn, the third of the legendary capes in the Vendée Globe at 2043hrs UTC on Friday after 75 days 8 hours and 41 minutes of racing. Only Dutchman Pieter Heerema and Frenchman Sébastien Destremau are still sailing in the Pacific.
Posted on 21 Jan
History repeats as Melbourne to Geelong Race kicks off 2017 FoS
Line honours in the 174th Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race, the curtain opener to FoS, was a repeat of the 2016 finish Line honours in the 174th Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race, the curtain opener to the Festival of Sails, was a repeat of the 2016 finish with Geoff Boettcher’s TP52 Secret Mens Business (SA) the first monohull and Bare Essentials (VIC) the first multihull across the finish line.
Posted on 21 Jan
Former Clipper Race skipper equals British record in Vendee Globe
Alex Thomson, has finished in second place after a thrilling fight to the finish to the Vendee Globe. The youngest skipper to win the Clipper Race, Alex Thomson, has finished in second place after a thrilling fight to the finish to the Vendee Globe.
Posted on 21 Jan
Le Cléac'h and Thomson revel in the Vendée Globe glory
Armel Le Cléac'h and Alex Thomson were basking in the glory of becoming the solo round the world race's fastest sailors. Armel Le Cléac'h and second-placed Alex Thomson were today basking in the glory of becoming the solo round the world race's fastest ever sailors. Le Cléac'h and Thomson arrived in the race's home port of Les Sables d'Olonne in France just 16 hours apart after more than 27,000 nautical miles of racing over 74 days to claim the top two podium places.
Posted on 20 Jan
Jules Verne Trophy – New equator record for IDEC Sport
Francis Joyon, Sébastien Audigane, Clément Surtel, Gwénolé Gahinet, Alex and Bernard achieved the best performance ever Francis Joyon, Sébastien Audigane, Clément Surtel, Gwénolé Gahinet, Alex Pella and Bernard Stamm achieved the best performance ever for the stretch betweenUshant and the Equator after rounding the three capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn) with a time of 35 days, four hours and 45 minutes.
Posted on 20 Jan
Alex Thomson takes the runner-up spot in the Vendée Globe
Thomson set out to become the first Brit ever to win the Vendée Globe but following an epic battle with French skipper. Thomson, 42, set out to become the first Brit ever to win the Vendée Globe but following an epic battle with French skipper Armel Le Cléac'h missed out on the top spot by just shy of 16 hours. The skipper of Hugo Boss crossed the finish line at 0737 UTC in a time of 74 days, 19 hours, 35 minutes and 15 seconds in one of the closest finishes ever in the race's 27-year history.
Posted on 20 Jan