Forecast of the Pittwater to Paradise race - Monday 1 January


Trough of low pressure off the coast at the start generating rather soft S-SE winds along the coast.

Wind will shift thermally left during the day to SE-E then NE-N and remain rather soft.

Some afternoon/evening showers and thunderstorms – mostly inland from the coast.

A S change will move up the NSW coast during Wednesday and at the same time, low pressure may develop off the SE QLD coast – between these systems, S-SSE winds of 20-25 kts will fill in along the entire race course during the day.

Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with a few showers.

On Thursday, the low off the coast will move quickly away towards NZ and high pressure will develop close to the NSW S coast. 

Wind south of Smoky Cape will ease and shift SE-E but north of there, the wind will remain S-SSE/15-25.

On Friday, high pressure will shift east to be further off the NSW coast with a ridge back to the north coast. 

Wind will slowly ease over the north coast; remaining generally SE at 15-20 then 10-15 kts. 

FORECAST (stepping north with the fleet)

TUE 02  Start to lower mid north coast

WIND  SE/5-10 easing and shifting left to E-NE/5-10 during the afternoon; shift back to S-SW/10-15 and increasing 20-25 from the south overnight

WAVES  less than 1m wind waves on less than 1m SE swell

WEATHER  partly cloudy; a few showers developing along the coast overnight


WED 03  Hunter to far north coast

WIND  SW-SE/10-15 increasing to S/15-20 then 20-25

WAVES  less then 1m increasing 1.5m waves on a 1m SE swell

WEATHER  mostly cloudy with a few showers 


THU 04  Coffs to SE QLD

WIND  SW-S/15-25 easing in the south SE/12-16 at night but persisting SE/16-22 in the north

WAVES  1.5m waves and 1m SE swell

WEATHER  fairly cloudy with a few showers; clearing from the south.


FRI 05  Far north coast NSW and SE QLD

WIND  SW-SE/15-20 easing from the south

WAVES 1.2m waves and 1m SE swell

WEATHER  partly cloudy – mostly dry





Pittwater to Southport


The Pittwater to Paradise Regatta will be starting on Sydney's Pittwater,  1 hour drive north from Sydney's CBD on January 2, 2019 and run through to 9 January, 2019.

The ocean race offers competitors a strategic challenge as they race between the surfline and the current, past unsurpassed scenic coastlines, prior to arriving in one of Queensland's most popular coastal cities. Once on the Gold Coast boats will enjoy a four day series regatta hosted by the Southport Yacht Club.

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