2017 Champion Hot Contestant for 2018 Pittwater to Paradise Series

Southport Yacht Club’s Auric’s Quest will be a hot contender for back to back wins in the 2018 Bartercard Sail Paradise Regatta, along with a solid chance to be named champion of the Pittwater to Paradise Series, 2018. -	Auric’s Quest offshore training for the upcoming Pittwater to Paradise offshore regatta- Auric’s Quest offshore training for the upcoming Pittwater to Paradise offshore regatta

Due to mechanical issues Auric’s Quest was unable to join the east coast offshore race, however fortunate enough to compete in home regatta Bartercard Sail Paradise in 2017. Being the vessels first major event, Auric’s Quest competed against a premier fleet to be crowned regatta champion.

“I am extremely pleased that this event will be an annual occasion to look forward to. Last year was an opportunity that we unfortunately could not attend, however for 2018 the boat is back on track and the crew are more prepared than ever,” said skipper Fred Bestall.

While the main focus for entrants is the series championship crown, the four-day offshore event is also host to the 2018 Queensland Australian Yachting Championships, Australian Measurement System Queensland Championships and Australia Sports Boat Queensland Championships.

See release attached for further details.

-       Bartercard Sail Paradise, Southport Yacht Club:www.sailparadise.com.au

-       Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club: www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au


Additional information can also be obtained from Southport Yacht Club Marketing Manager, Bronwen Hemmings via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 07 5591 3500

Preliminary Forecast of the Pittwater to Paradise race

THU 28


This spring and summer have been far from ‘average’ - whatever average really means!

Very dry spring and now a weak La Nina with extremely warm air over inland Australia. We had very few S wind changes move up the NSW coast during November – this morning has seen a few S changes - but true frontal related S changes remain below average and the S wind changes have been associated more with the movement of the heat trough – inland and then coming to the coast.

A southerly wind change is expected up along the NSW coast on New Years Day. S-SE winds are expected on TUE 2nd with high pressure back over the Bight and a heat trough over northern NSW and SE QLD. The high pressure is expected to shift east and develop a centre off E coast of TAS during WED 3rd while the trough remains over NE NSW and SE QLD. The situation is slow to change over the following 2 days; the high tracking east over the southern Tasman Sea and the trough system slowly pulling back to inland QLD. Onshore SE-E wind expected to persist along the north coast of NSW and SE coast of QLD across the race period.

Forecast models are in quite good agreement, but vary in some of the detail – expected when this far out from the race.


TUE 02

WIND  S-SSE/16-22 settling SE/15-20 during the day easing to SE/10-15 at night.


WEATHER  fairly cloudy with a morning shower or 2.

Notice to Competitors - Satellite Phone & HF Radio Checks

Notice to Competitors #1


Pre-race  Satellite Phone & HF Radio Communication Testing

As per Notice of Race Appendix C.

Satellite Phone PRE RACE Testing

All boats must carry out a pre-race Satellite phone test between 27th December and 31st December 2017 with the Race Committee.

A boat shall send a text message (SMS) from their satellite phone as per their Communication Declaration form to the Race Committee on +61 427 477 854 noting in this order:

·         Boat Name

·         Sail Number

·         Skipper Name

The Race Committee will acknowledge the text by replying with text “Received”.

Note the number used MUST be the one listed under Satellite phone in the Boats Entry form and on its Satellite Phone Declaration form.

HF Radio PRE RACE Testing

Boats using HF Radio for distress communications must carry out a pre-race radio check between 27th December and 31st December 2017 with“Charleville Radio” (operated by Kordia).

All such boats shall carry out their pre‐race Radio check on 4125, 6215, 8291 kHz or 12290 kHz during day light hours.

The Owner or Person in Charge shall first make contact with Korida by telephone prior to testing by phoning 02 6279 5774 or 02 6151 6688.

A minimum of 3 x 3 strength/readability on two of the radio frequencies must be met for the operator on shift to pass the radio check.

Race Committee


The Competition begins! Welcome to Henri Lloyd as a supporter of the race

Welcome to Henri Lloyd as a supporter of the race!
Henri Lloyd will be offering competitors the chance to win a set of Offshore Elite Jacket and Trousers valued at $ 2149.00.
the ELITE Offshore range - the lightest, most breathable Offshore gear ever, without compromise. Designed for Offshore Racers and Cruisers where performance and comfort is a priority. The range is 30% lighter than the best in class predecessors, as well as 20% more breathable and all this without any compromise on durablility and waterproofness of the garments.

To win this great prize! which will be awarded at the Presentation at Southport Yacht Club, competitors in the race will need to upload their photograph or video to the event Facebook page and tag @HenriLloydAus and @Pitt2Paradise.

The post with the most likes and shares will be declared the winner by the Race Committee.  

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Anybody's Race to Win!

The 2018 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta, commencing Tuesday 2 January, is shaping up to be a race of stamina and tactics for the highly competitive fleet; many of which are of very similar size and performance.

From the Bay of Islands, NZ, Rp42 Rikki and her crew of 11 including owner and skipper Ray Haslar, sailed from their home base of Keri Keri Yacht Club to Newcastle, a 1,000nm journey ahead of the Race.

Ray, who has sailed a few Sydney Hobarts, including aboard Rikki in 2012, and competed in the Sydney to Southport winter race three times, said the voyage was “mostly boring” with barely any wind, until they hit a southerly buster just off Newcastle.

“That woke us up! We said ‘welcome to Australia’ and we changed gear and battled it all the way in.”

The crew has swapped Rikki’s delivery sails to racing wardrobe and will head to Pittwater shortly. “It was a very convenient route for us,” said Ray of the “nice triangle” from Keri Keri to Newcastle, where they cleared Customs, then post-race from Southport Yacht Club Marina, which is now operating as a Customs Clearance Site, back home.

Ray is confident Rikki will prove competitive in this year’s P2P, tipping the race record could even be broken by any one of the performance craft in this year’s line-up.

“We have a very experienced crew. They will fly over on 1 January, leaving the whole town empty! There definitely could be a new race record, it just depends on the wind and the currents. And they’re always against you!”

Returning to Category 2 sailing after a 10-year hiatus is Salvatore Ridulfo, owner of the First 44.7 Galileo. “I have competed in the Sydney to Southport before, but have been mostly cruising and sailing in Sydney Harbour for the past decade.”

The final countdown!

With only 19 days remaining to race day some key notes are listed below to make your visit to RPAYC and preparation for the race smooth sailing. 

Baggage Service

A baggage service is available to competitors from RPAYC to SYC.
Krank Transport will be setup in the lower carpark at RPAYC on 2 January from 0700-1200hrs.
Baggage will be stored at the Southport Yacht Club. All goods become the responsibility of the Southport Yacht Club on arrival and any enquiries for collection or misplaced items should be referred to the Duty Manager via reception.

For full details and service form visit the event website here. 

Are you competing in the Sail Paradise Regatta?

Competitors in the Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Yacht Race are asked to confirm if they are competing in the Series that includes the Sail Paradise Regatta, 2-9 January. RPAYC will enter boats into the series for them. Contact the RPAYC Sailing Office on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 02 9998 3700. Entry into the Sail Paradise Series is free for Pittwater to Paradise Competitors. 

Race Day Action

  • Start the morning of the race (2 January) off with a crew breakfast at RPAYC including a free bacon and Egg roll for all competitors.
  • Grab your Crew Photographs and Interviews
  • Competitors Race Welcome 0900HRS
  • Bureau of Meteorology Weather Briefing
  • Race Start 1300hrs

Be part of the Social Media Coverage

With over 7000 follows on Social Media let people follow your race in person via posts to the Pitt2paradise Facebook site, video coverage, photo's and status updates are all welcomed. Use the following Tags: @pitt2paradise #pitt2paradise


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Prizes will be awarded at the presentation on Friday 5 January at the Southport Yacht Club, the timing will be notified via sms to competitors.

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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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