Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

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 660x82InSunSport - NZZhik Dinghy 660x82

Related Articles

Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge - Race 13 arrivals complete
Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge, arrivals are now complete following arrival of IchorCoal at 2300 local time As Visit Seattle, PSP Logistics and Da Nang – Viet Nam celebrated their podium finishes in race 13, the Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge, arrivals are now complete following the arrival of IchorCoal at 2300 local time this evening.
Posted today at 7:48 am
Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Kraken one, Darby no score
In real race, not artificial ones that sailboats make up between themselves, Kraken beat Mother Nature’s child – Darby 2016 Vic-Maui Yacht Race - In a real race, not the artificial ones that sailboats make up between themselves, Kraken has beat Mother Nature’s child – Darby. Mark and Annette Malacek’s Beneteau First 40.7 from West Vancouver Yacht Club crossed the finish line around 1:45 pm local time. It was great relief to the many family and fans that greeted Kraken's arrival.
Posted today at 7:20 am
2016 Pacific Cup - Friday finishers action-shots by Lauren Easley
Photographer Lauren Easley was in air at 2016 Pacific Cup and provided this gallery of images from Friday action. Photographer Lauren Easley was in air at 2016 Pacific Cup and provided this gallery of images from Friday action.
Posted today at 6:38 am
France Blue, Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup favourite?
Calling form on Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup is hard, as for team to be successful all three of its boats must perform Calling form on the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup is hard, as for a team to be successful, all three of its boats must perform. This, plus the event's week-long duration and diverse race format, make the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial championship for Corinthian crews one of the pinnacle racing events internationally held under a rating rule.
Posted today at 5:24 am
ORC Worlds - Three new ORC World Champions crowned in Copenhagen
A light southerly arose just in time to get one last race in for all three classes on concluding day of 2016 ORC Worlds 2016 ORC Worlds - After an initial delay this morning due to no wind that threatened to keep everyone ashore like yesterday, a light southerly arose just in time to get one last race in for all three classes on the concluding day of the 2016 ORC World Championship, hosted by the Royal Danish YC and Egaa Sailing Club.
Posted today at 4:45 am
Transat Québec Saint-Malo – Class40s sail into Saint-Malo
Twelve of the nineteen Class40s racing in the ninth edition of the Transat Québec Saint-Malo 2016 Transat Québec Saint-Malo - Twelve of the nineteen Class40s racing in the ninth edition of the Transat Québec Saint-Malo presented in collaboration with the City of Lévis are now safely moored at the Quai Duguay-Trouin wharf in Saint-Malo at the foot of the ramparts as the sun prepares to go down over the Corsair City.
Posted today at 3:09 am
LVACWS Portsmouth 2016 – standing room only.
There are no half measures where English weather is concerned. There are no half measures where English weather is concerned. Happily, that means that when it’s good it very, very good. Blue skies, sunshine, 23 deg C, clean air, and the whole place looks as if has put on a party frock and got lit up. Wonderful.
Posted on 23 Jul
America’s Cup World Series 2016 – More Day 1 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images from race day one Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images from race day one
Posted on 23 Jul
America’s Cup World Series 2016 – Race Day 1 images by Carlo Borlenghi
Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images from race day one Photographer Carlo Borlenghi has provided this gallery of images from race day one
Posted on 23 Jul
America’s Cup World Series – Sir Ben jumps into the lead in Portsmouth
Hot, sunny conditions and thousands of fans lining the Portsmouth seafront was the backdrop to crowd-pleasing action. The home team, Land Rover BAR, led by skipper Sir Ben Ainslie, recovered from a poor first race result to win the second two contests and complete the day at the top of the leaderboard, much to the delight of the tens of thousands of cheering fans lining the shorefront.
Posted on 23 Jul