Fast Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race start

True to the forecast, a 15 knot southerly breeze had built to 20 knots by the time the Club Marine Pittwater to Southport fleet set off at 1pm on Monday January 2, 2017 from a long start line to the north of Palm Beach headland.
 
Doug Coulter’s Rogers 46 Shakti won the clean start and led the fleet into choppy seas at a blistering pace in what is shaping up to be a fast dash north, riding on the back of a southerly front that swept through Sydney this morning.
 
Three and a half hours later the Lake Macquarie entry was off Newcastle and had already covered 40 nautical miles, giving them an average speed of 11.4 knots. Closest to the front-runner was Phil Arnall’s Corby 43 Anger Management from Newcastle and the largest in the field, David Suttie’s Peklejus, a Radford 50 sailing for the organising club.
 
Based on current speed Shakti is capable of setting a course time of just 30 hours for the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s traditional New Year ocean race that will finish off Southport’s Main Beach.
 
Immediately after the final race and weather briefing at RPAYC on the start morning, Arnall said they were anticipating a 370 nautical mile downhill race ahead of 20-25 knot southerlies, then a sou’easter for the final leg to Coolangatta. “I don’t want to make excuses early but we like a little bit of upwind. We are all looking forward to a good downwind tussle with Shakti though, we are very good rivals with the Lake Macquarie boat,” Arnall said.

Tailwinds for Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race

Like the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet’s quick push south in record time, the Club Marine Pittwater to Southport line-up is set to also enjoy tailwinds after taking a left hand turn out of Broken Bay tomorrow.

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will set a start line to the north of Palm Beach headland at 1pm on Monday January 2, 2017 and send the fleet to cover a course length of 370 nautical miles to the Queensland Gold Coast and Southport Yacht Club, which will welcome and host close to 200 sailors.

Bureau of Meteorology weather services manager Jane Golding says a front is expected to run up the NSW coast passing Sydney later afternoon or evening on Sunday January 1, 2017, followed by a spell of SE winds that will hit the NSW coastline.

A high pressure system is likely to follow the front and at the same time a tropical monsoon trough and low pressure will be on the central QLD coast. Between these two weather systems the SE wind will be stronger on the northern NSW coast.

Respected yachting meteorologist  Roger Badham is supporting the Bureau in terms of supplying specialised race forecasts and he’s predicting a fast race with S-SE winds of 20-25kts easing to 10-15kts on the Hunter and Mid North Coast and likely to remain SE 20-25kts at the NSW-QLD border areas.

This is great news for the lightweight, wide and the planing boats that love running-reaching conditions, and not so great for the narrower and heavier hulls that sail closer to their handicap rating when pushing into headwinds.

Skipper of the Elliott 10.5 High Anxiety, Marcus Grimes, said, “We would be ecstatic if ‘Clouds’ Badham's forecast holds and the more east in the southerly the better, to help us against the symmetrical boats. Our sweet spot is broad reaching. 

Weather Forecast - Sunday 1 January

SUN 01   8am

Forecast for the the Pittwater to Southport race; it will be updated tomorrow, MON 02 at around 7am

The forecast will be sent by email and a second email will include some routeing for yachts of around 38 feet, 40 feet and 42 feet.

If you want to receive some grib files for the race area, then please let me know.

SITUATION

SUN 01  Softer SE-NE in the morning and NE/10-15 afternoon. A few showers developing during the afternoon.

RACE SUMMARY

MON 02 

A S change of 25-30 kts expected to run up the NSW coast early morning passing Sydney at around 6am

Wind S/20-25 on the coast that afternoon with S-SSE/25-30 offshore.

The front will be most active with showers and local thunderstorms during the later afternoon and night when on the north coast of NSW.

Saturday 31 Weather Report

SAT 31   8am

Forecast for the the Pittwater to Southport race; it will be updated tomorrow, SUN 01, in the morning and then on the morning of the race start on TUE 02 by 7am

SITUATION

SAT 31   A weak S-SE change this morning and a few thunderstorms, mostly inland, this afternoon and evening. 

SUN 01  Softer SW-SE in the morning with showers on coast and also inland. Wind will shift back to the NE-N tomorrow afternoon.Sat

MON 02 

A strong S change of 20-30 kts expected to run up the NSW coast early morning.

Wind S-SE/20-25 on the coast that afternoon with S-SSE/25-30 offshore.

The front will be most active with showers and local thunderstorms during the later afternoon and night when on the north coast of NSW.

Long Range Weather Outlook Predicts a Fast Race

Roger Badham's prediciting a good southerly breeze for the Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race. It's unseasonable to have this weather pattern but for the competitors it will be a major welcome making it a fast race which should see some spectacular sailing! 

SITUATION

A front is expected run up the NSW coast passing Sydney later afternoon/evening on Sunday 1st followed by a spell of SE winds onto the NSW coast.

The front is expected to move up all the NSW coast.  

High pressure will follow the front to Bass St and at the same time a tropical monsoon trough and low pressure will be on the central QLD coast.

Between these 2 weather systems, The SE wind will be stronger on the north NSW coast during the race period.

 

FORECAST  (weather, rain, wind, sea)

MON 02   

SYDNEY-HUNTER: fairly cloudy, shower or 2, SE/15-20, 2m sea/swell

 

TUE 03  

MID NORTH COAST:  partly cloudy, shower or 2, SE/12-16

FAR NORTH COAST:  partly cloudy, shower or 2, SE/15-20 

SE QLD:  mostly cloudy, few showers, SE/20-25

 

WED 04

FAR NORTH COAST:  mostly cloudy, few showers, SE/20-25

SE QLD: cloudy, rain, SE/20-25

 

THU 05

SE QLD:  cloudy with rain and possible thunderstorms

Weather advice from world renowned meteorologist Roger Badham.

This year’s Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race will feature a daily weather report three days prior to the start provided by world renowned meteorologist, Dr Roger Badham or “Clouds” as he is known in sailing circles.

Complementary to the Bureau of Meteorology’s overall weather forecast, competitors will have access to these tailored reports from Roger’s 40 years of expertise in studying weather patterns of the east coast of Australia.

 “I’ve worked with the RPAYC and the Coffs Race for around 40 years, racing to Southport will present added challenges so it will be well worth doing some extra homework for the race.” said Roger.

Trying to juggle wind forecasts, weather patterns, warm water currents and potentially dodging summer storms can cause headaches for the competitors. Having a plethora of weather information readily available can make it tough filtering through all the content to make the right decisions.Sunset. photo by High AnxietySunset. photo by High Anxiety

Roger’s reports aim to take this guesswork out the equation and simplifies the information with a directional approach providing competitors with topics to focus on paying particular attention to the course of the race.

Snacking for energy

In a previous article we spoke about the importance of the hydration in a long ocean race but in this article Tana talks us through the benefits of snacking and eating “good” carbs.

Firstly, what are “good carbs?”

A simple Google search will tell you that carbohydrates are pretty much in everything we eat but there are good carbs and not so good carbs. Good carbs are simply carbs from fruits, wholegrains, seeds which provide a sustained energy release rather than a quick sugar fix which give you a high and a low.

In an ocean racing scenario you’re looking at sustained energy to keep you focused for longer and push through those long stints on the rail. The key to this sustained energy there are are two factors, constant snacking and eating the right carbohydrates.

Constant snacking.

Why snacking? Well, a big issue with ocean racing is that you are always busy and sometimes eating can be pushed down the priority list. By doing this your body starts to crave really energy rich foods to replenish the energy lost from the lack of eating. You may already know that after a long ocean race with no food you come back to shore with a craving to head down to the local burger shop.

Eating big meals takes up a lot of energy to digest giving you less energy to perform. It’s best to try and avoid this by grazing throughout the race. Keep snacks in your jacket pockets and skippers can constantly remind their team to graze to help keep up the energy levels.

Fact: Sumo wrestlers tend to eat 2 meals a day. One lunch and one dinner and skip breakfast. They eat till they feel sick then nap to ensure they don’t “burn” too much of what they ate.

 

 

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, 2018 and run through to 9 January, 2018.

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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The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
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