Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship - Sailing Instructions released

by Di Pearson on 28 Nov 2013
Big blustery winds made life hairy on the race track last year - Sydney Short Ocean Race Championship © Andrea Francolini / MHYC http://www.afrancolini.com/
Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC), at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, is to be held over this weekend and has attracted Tony Kirby’s brand new Patrice and Darryl Hodgkinson’s newly purchased Victoire among others ahead of the Sailing Instructions being released online yesterday.

Kirby, with his Ker 46, and Hodgkinson, sailing his canting keeled Cookson 50, will use the SSORC as a pre Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race hit out, as will Paul Clitheroe’s Beneteau 45, Balance.

The CYCA trio will take on the best of the ‘locals’, including Bob Cox’s DK46, Nine Dragons and Ian Box’s XP44, Toybox 2. And the locals’ best be warned, in Patrice’s first and only outing, the 180 nautical mile Cabbage Tree Island Race, she led the fleet to the Island and finished fourth overall.

'We’re really looking forward to racing at the SSORC,' Kirby confirmed yesterday. 'It’s always a hard fought event and will give us some extra racing before we head to Hobart,' said Kirby, who had the misfortune of having another yacht smash into Patrice’s bow while it was moored at its berth just last Friday.

On Saturday, the SSORC will be bolstered by an extra 30 plus boats competing in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Ocean Point Score (OPS), which will use the event as Race 4 of their series, and will raise the stakes somewhat. OPS leader, Julian Farren-Price, will have to outsail more than the usual for his Cookson 12 About Time to stay ahead of the game.

Today, the weather models indicate a 15 to 25 knot southerly easing slightly during the afternoon for Saturday. By Sunday, variable winds are expected to lighten right off to 5-10 knots. From both ends of the spectrum, these conditions are sure to test all.

For Saturday’s race, MHYC’s Race Committee has the option of sending the fleet to Lion Island north of Sydney, to Botany Bay south of Sydney or on a heavy weather course inside Sydney Harbour. That decision will be made on Saturday morning.

On Sunday, the SSORC will continue with a short offshore race, to start in the Harbour and finish offshore, followed by a quick windward/leeward sprint. It means all competitors will have a fair chance of success while enjoying a variety of races.

Within the event, divisions will consist of IRC and ORCi Divisions 1 and 2 and PHS Division 1. Sailing Instructions are now available online and in the Competitor Packs which are now available at MHYC.

Principal Race Officer is Denis Thompson and racing will be conducted with the assistance of the CYCA.


'A thriller', is the best way to describe the Seven Islands Race which takes place on Saturday only and takes yachts from a pursuit style start at MHYC from 12.30pm to the most famous islands in the Harbour, passing Fort Denison to port on the way up and back.

There is a division to suit everyone; Spinnaker Divisions 1 and 2 and Division 3 for those who prefer to do it the easy way – Non-Spinnaker. Club sailors love the Seven Islands Race and who can blame them with great prizes and giveaways at the Presentation on the beach after the race (approximately 5.00pm).

Middle Harbour Yacht Club will once again provide a live band on Saturday and Sunday nights. It’s a great way to kick back and relax after racing. Space on the marina is available for Saturday night, but those wishing to stay must make a booking with the Marina Office quickly to avoid disappointment.

The Farr 40’s will add even more colour to the SSORC, as the class conducts the Aberdeen Asset Management One Design Trophy, featuring some of the biggest Australian names in sailing.

Already the one design yachts are taking advantage of the new section of the MHYC marina and their owners will enjoy a reception on MHYC’s new balcony on Friday evening. Then on Saturday after racing, crews will partake of a dock party at the end of racing followed by a barbecue.

For SSORC Sailing Instructions, and for further information visit the event website.

Zhik ZKG 660x82PredictWind.com 2014Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

RORC Caribbean 600 race kicks off tomorrow
The light air forecast is not good news for the Italian ocean racing trimaran which is designed for much stronger winds. Soldini’s men have been monitoring the weather situation closely after the formation of a low-pressure storm system far to the north of Antigua disrupted the normal strong trade wind conditions.
Posted on 19 Feb
Vendée Globe – Roura to finish Monday morning with Super Superbigou
Eleven skippers have already finished and eleven were forced to abandon their race. Seven solo racers were still at sea this Sunday afternoon. Eleven skippers have already finished and eleven were forced to abandon their race.
Posted on 19 Feb
Spectacular opening for the 2017 RORC Caribbean 600
The highly acclaimed Antigua Band 1761 took to the stage and lit the blue touch paper. Sailors enjoyed a traditional Caribbean welcome with the Panache Steel Orchestra opening the musical entertainment, complimentary drinks and fine Caribbean fayre.
Posted on 19 Feb
H.H NOOD Regatta - Local sailors make waves on Tampa Bay during Day 2
Michael Zonnenberg, of the Lightning division, is currently one of only two local skippers leading a class. With sailors from across the country and beyond in town for the annual Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta this weekend, stand-out local skippers were a highlight of Saturday's competition. Michael Zonnenberg, of the Lightning division, is currently one of only two local skippers leading a class.
Posted on 19 Feb
Krabi waters deliver a spectacular Day 3 of the Bay Regatta 2017
Opting for just two starts each day – monohulls / multihulls – has proven a successful strategy for 2017 The Bay Regatta Opting for just two starts each day – monohulls and multihulls – has proven a successful strategy for the 2017 The Bay Regatta, getting the boats off early and enjoying the good breeze and eye-candy that is the Andaman triangle of Phuket-Phang Nga-Krabi.
Posted on 18 Feb
Amedeo writes his own Vendée Globe story
Parisian political journalist turned solo ocean race Fabrice Amedeo secured 11th place when he crossed the finish line Parisian political journalist turned solo ocean race Fabrice Amedeo secured 11th place when he crossed the finish line off Les Sables d'Olonne at 09 hrs 03 m UTC this morning Saturday 18th February.
Posted on 18 Feb
Vendee Globe - Under a square head jury rig and storm jib - Day 104
Conrad Colman updates from the Atlantic as he makes 6.2kts under Jury Rig with 488nm remaining to sail Conrad Colman updates from the Atlantic as he makes 6.2kts under Jury Rig with 488nm remaining to sail to reach the finish line of the Vendee Globe. The single handed sailor is attempting to become the first competitor in the eight editions of the solo non-stop round the world race to complete the course using only natural energy. He has 200nm under the makeshift rig
Posted on 18 Feb
Amedeo writes his own Vendée Globe story - 11th place
Fabrice Amedeo secured 11th place in the Vendée Globe when he crossed the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne Journalist and solo ocean race Fabrice Amedeo secured 11th place in the Vendée Globe when he crossed the finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne at 09 hrs 03 m UTC this morning Saturday 18th February. His excellent finish represents the culmination of a dream to take part in the famous solo ocean race around the world. Sailing Newrest-Matmut Amedeo's elapsed time for the course is 103 d 21h 1 m.
Posted on 18 Feb
EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour - Douillard avenges upset with victory
French sailing star Thierry Douillard avenged shock last-minute defeat in opening stage of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour French sailing star Thierry Douillard avenged a shock last-minute defeat in the opening stage of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour by snatching victory in round two of the Gulf classic on Friday.
Posted on 18 Feb
2016 Community Sailing and Training Award winners recognized at NSPS
2016 Community Sailing and Training Award winners were celebrated as part of 2017 National Sailing Programs Symposium The 2016 Community Sailing and Training Award winners were celebrated on Thursday night as part of the 2017 National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS) at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol in Austin, Texas.
Posted on 18 Feb