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


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! 


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.

Satellite Phone, Radios & Installation requirements & Pre Race Checks

NoR Appendix C – Satellite Phone, Radios & Installation requirements
The following requirements add to the requirements of the AS Special Regulations Part 1 for Category 2 races.

1. All boats shall carry a functional Satellite Phone that has message receiving capability and has coverage for the duration of the race and will either be connected to mains power or have a spare battery.
All phones must be capable of sending and receiving SMS Text messages and telephone calls.
The telephone number for the Satellite Phone must be submitted in the Boats Entry Form and details of the phone submitted on the Satellite Phone Declaration Form available on the event website.

2. All boats shall have installed VHF radios which must be capable of transmitting and receiving on:

VHF – Channels 16, 19, 22, 67 (Weather/Navigation Warnings), 72, 73, 77, 78, 80 and 81.
Emergency aerials (VHF) are required, and they must have their mounting brackets and cabling permanently installed.
Boats shall provide the OA a valid Radio Inspection Certificate (VHF) certified by a Marine Electrician or qualified Radio Technician, to verify the adequacy of the installation and operation of the radio.
Boats sailing shorthanded must carry an extra portable VHF radio receiver / transmitter or an extension speaker near the helming station.

3. All boats must carry a fully charged mobile phone (3G or 4G), with the number submitted in the Boat’s Entry Form with the Organising Authority.

4. Boats using HF Radios as a means of emergency communication in addition to the boats Satellite Phone and VHF radio must be capable of transmitting and receiving on:

HF - Channels 4125khz, 4483khz, 6215khz, 6516khz, 8176khz (Weather/Navigation Warnings), 8291khz or 12290kHz during day light hours and Distress and calling frequencies.
Emergency aerials (HF) are required, and they must have their mounting brackets and cabling permanently installed.
Boats using HF Transmitters shall provide the OA with a valid Radio Inspection Certificate (HF) certified by a Marine Electrician or qualified Radio Technician, to verify the adequacy of the installation and operation of the radio.

Pre-race: Satellite Phone check & HF Radio check

All Boats must carry out a pre-race Satellite Phone check between 28th December 2016 and 1st January 2017 with the Race Committee.
The boat Owner or Person-in-Charge shall contact the Race Committee by sending a text message to +61 427 477 854, stating the boats name, sail number and skippers name, if received a reply of “Received” will be sent to the phone number (note the number used MUST be the one listed under Satellite phone in the Boats Entry form and on its Satellite Phone Declaration form.

Boats using HF radios for emergency communications must carry out a pre-race radio check between 27th December 2016 and 1st January 2017 with Charleville Radio (managed 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 boat owner or person in charge shall first make contact with Kordia by telephone prior to testing on 02 6230 7463.
A minimum of 3 x 3 strength/readability on two of the radio frequencies must be met for the Kordia operator on shift to pass the radio check.

During the Race
Boats must maintain a 24-hour listening watch for the duration of the race on VHF Channel 16.
For radio communications, a boat’s name may be abbreviated to no more than two words. The Race
Committee may alter boat names, where appropriate, for radio and satellite phone communications.

Baggage Service to SYC

Chris from Kranks Transport Services is providing the baggage service to Southport.  If you have done the Sydney to Hobart or Sydney to Southport from the CYCA in the last ten years you may have used their services.

Kranks  will need to get confirmation from each yacht as to whether you are planning to use their service. This to ensure that they the right size vehicle to carry everyone's gear.

Could you please email Chris with an approximate list of items you plan to send with us with particular note to any large or heavy items such as RIBS or delivery mains.

If you could also let Kranks know if you have made other arrangements that would be appreciated.

Please note Krnaks will only be able to guarantee cartage for crews that confirm they will be using us prior to December 19th 2016.

Kranks are also looking being able to provide a return service (to RPAYC only) in the unfortunate event of retirement as we are planning on staying in Southport for a couple of days.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call.



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Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race length draws keen skippers

Two skippers drawn by the longer distance of January’s first-ever Club Marine Pittwater to Southport Yacht Race have marked the January 2, 2017 start date and are busy preparing crews and their steeds for the first offshore event of the New Year. 


Entry has been extended to December 15, 2016 by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. Enter herefor the monohull, short-handed and multihull divisions.

Preferring a two to three day race to the usual day and a half ocean passage from Pittwater to Coffs Harbour is a key reason for both Steven Czapp’s entry as a first-time skipper of a boat he knows well, and Phil Bennett’s return since 2010, the last time he and King Billy competed in the RPAYC’s traditional calendar opener.

Since 2013 Turbulence, the first Adams 11.9m out of the mould back in 1979, has racked up 20,000 nautical miles in the Melbourne to Osaka and Brisbane to Vanuatu plus other major ocean races under previous owner Eric Marsh, Czapp’s step-father.

He gifted the boat to Czapp at Easter this year and the new skipper has equally big plans racing under the flag of Southport Yacht Club, the Pittwater to Southport race finish partner.

Czapp prefers the longer hauls for the experience and feeling of “getting away from the world” as he begins his quest to tackle a bigger goal - next year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race.

Weather-wise the Queenslander says beam reaching in 25 knots for the 370 mile race back to his home port would well suit the five tonne Turbulence, once known as Newcastle Flyer.

Bennett seconds a similar forecast. Made of King Billy Pine, his custom made John King design called King Billy is a heavy-built boat that prefers heavy weather. “We’d like the wind from the north and reasonably rough,” Barnett said. “Because the boat’s heavy, she doesn’t bounce around like the modern boats - that’s when we get a handicap advantage. As soon as it goes behind and light, then we’ve got a problem.”

Speaking from his 5,000 acre sheep and wheat farm near Yass, where Bennett spends a third of the year way from Sydney’s northern beaches and his boat of almost a quarter century, he added, “Lengthening the race is a good thing and Southport is a great destination. 

“We did the boat up to make the Hobart last year. We are all getting a bit old and not too keen to go to Hobart again, and when the Alfred’s announced the race would end at Southport that was more in line with us. We like to go to sea a bit longer than a day and a half.”

Bennett had King Billy built 24 years ago, in 1992…. “the reason the original crew are starting to retire,” he laughs. “It was built as a cruising boat but I went racing because I wanted to get into as many extreme situations as I could, and still be comfortable. Really I’ve just raced it since it was launched, in the Lord Howe Island race and it’s been to Coffs Harbour 10 times. It’s had a really good offshore career.”

The 2017 Club Marine Pittwater to Southport bluewater race will start at 1pm on Monday January 2 to the north of Palm Beach headland and take the fleet up the New South Wales coast and into south east Queensland. It will conveniently feed into SYC’s Bartercard Sail Paradise Series starting on Sunday January 8 and SYC is delighted to offer free berthing from the finish of the Pittwater to Southport race to the end of Sail Paradise, on Thursday 12, to owners entered in both events.

SYC has also arranged 10% accommodation discounts, at Hilton Surfers Paradise and Mantra. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for the booking codes.

On December 19, 2016 the RPAYC’s competition called ‘The Prep’ closes and one lucky winner will score the $700 prize pack, including a GoPro Hero 5. Full details on the Facebook page.

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By Lisa Ratcliff /RPAYC media

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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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