Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s inaugural Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race, starting January 2, is destined to “rock” when the fleet arrives at Southport Yacht Club, on the Gold Coast.
The club has organised “A Night with the Stars” dinner and entertainment extravaganza to welcome the competing crews.
The lead act will be legendary “rocker” Digger Revell. He will be supported by three other high-profile acts: Dennis Knight, Lucy McIntosh plus Vic and Kerrie Kena.
It is scheduled for the evening of January 6.
“Our club wants to make the finish of the Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Race a memorable experience for all competing sailors, and this big night is very much part of that plan,” said Southport Yacht Club’s commodore, Kerry Noyes. “It will also be a great curtain-raiser for our Bartercard Sail Paradise four-race offshore series that starts on January 8.
“Much to our delight, we have secured the services of Australia’s pre-eminent Race Director, Denis Thompson, to take on that role for Sail Paradise.
“We are hoping that many of the crews contesting the Southport Race will join us for Sail Paradise so they can further sample the wonderful experiences the Gold Coast has to offer.”
The Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Race will bring an exciting new dimension to high-summer sailing out of Sydney. The 370-nautical mile course will have magnificent coastal scenery as the backdrop for the entire distance, and there will be some interesting tactical challenges.
Wind out of the southern sector promises exciting downwind sailing; a refreshing daytime nor-easterly will make for warm upwind sailing, and a night-time offshore westerly will provide opportunities to make good gains on the opposition.
Both the Pittwater-Southport Race and Sail Paradise are open to monohull and multihull yachts.
A big welcome awaits competing crews on reaching the finish line. Southport Yacht Club will be providing marina facilities for all yachts.
Details for the Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Race can be found at http://pittwatertosouthport.com.au/
Details for Bartercard Sail Paradise 2017 can be found on the club’s website: www.southportyachtclub.com.au