Nor-easters for Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise race start

A combined fleet of 15 Queensland and New South Wales boats is due to line up to the north of Palm Beach Headland at 1pm on January 2, 2019 for the annual 370 nautical mile Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise run up the picturesque New South Wales and south-east Queensland coasts.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Gabrielle Woodhouse says the last of the sou’easters are likely to influence Wednesday’s start before a dominant north-easterly flow settles in for the remainder of the passage race, which finishes outside the Southport Broadwater on the Queensland Gold Coast.

Winds north to north-east 15-25 knots and fine weather is good news for the older generation boats and crews running conventional rigs, less so for the multihulls and the general comfort level onboard across the fleet, plus the number of tacks it will take teams to zig-zag their way northwards in a heading breeze.

For the 2019 edition, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is upping media coverage including live commentary and drone footage of the start, which can be tricky to see other than from the Barrenjoey Lighthouse after a steep climb, or aboard a private vessel. On the start day, Adventures of a Sailor Girl - Nicole Douglass will provide live commentary at https://www.facebook.com/sailorgirlHQ/.

Encouragingly, four very different multihulls, from Dale Mitchell’s 9.2m Lombard trimaran Morticia to Drew Carruthers’ equally well-travelled 15m Queensland based catamaran Rushour, are registered– the most multihull interest in some years.

Among the monohull fleet, RPAYC race director Nick Elliott said the line-upbrings together a good selection of production boats; Jeanneaus, Beneteaus and X-yachts, and one-offs like Marcus Grimes’ JV42 called Insomnia, the single-hull line honours favourite.

“We pitch the race as the perfect stepping-stone for those looking to gain more offshore experience via a Category 2 race that offers a number of safe harbours along the way,” Elliott said, adding: “Southport is also a great place to meet the family at the other end and enjoy the Queensland holiday season, with all its offerings!”

The bluewater race’s finish partner, Southport Yacht Club, is well used to taking in tired and hungry yacht crews and showering them with warm Gold Coast hospitality. The 2019 edition, the third Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise race, will be no different.

Following the completion of the ocean race SYC will run their annual short-course Bartercard Sail Paradise Series, January 6-9.

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Groupama 2018 Rushour first multi & corrected time winner_credit Eye Fly

 

Club Marine Pittwater to Southport start 2017_credit Andrea Francolini

 

Morticia starting in 2015 _credit Crosbie Lorimer

 

 

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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