Roofer and former Wallaby winger Mick Martin has signed his TP52 up for the double header of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starting December 26 then a quick refuel and delivery back to Sydney for the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise ocean race starting January 2, 2018.
That’s close to 2000 nautical miles of ocean racing and deliveries over a 10 day period.
Currently a strong fleet of 29 boats are listed with only two more days to enter The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s annual summertime Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta consisting of the ocean race then a four day short course series hosted by the RPAYC’s finish partner, Southport Yacht Club.
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Martin’s Newcastle based 52-footer Frantic will race under the South Korean flag as Sonic in the Boxing Day ocean classic for the second year running. On reaching the finish line in Hobart the delivery crew will double back to Sydney quick time so Frantic can be among the starters on January 2. Frantic is the frontrunner for the new World Sailing Speed Record Council fastest course time.
Following on from its inception in January 2017, RPAYC registered its major offshore event with the WSSRC and the 2018 line honours victor will automatically set the course record for further challengers to better.
“As soon as the boat gets to Hobart we are banging it back for the Pittwater to Southport race with some of the delivery guys plus back up crew off the bench,” Martin said, easily intermingling his sailing and rugby terminology.
The owner/skipper is hoping for a southerly tailwind heading north in the New Year coastal race, an event he says is easy to enter and easy to do. “We like heading north, there’s much less paperwork than going south.”
Sally and James Crowley’s J122 called Javelin is one of six Queensland entrieswho will U-turn in the opposite direction to Frantic. They must make their way south along the NSW coastline to the RPAYC and race start at the entrance to Broken Bay, and then return north for the 370 nautical mile battle to the finish line off Southport on the beautiful Queensland Gold Coast.