In the past few months three offshore races in Australia have been cancelled – the Gosford-Lord Howe, Sydney-Mooloolaba and Three Peaks races have all bitten the dust. So it is encouraging that the CYCA is considering reinstating the Sydney-Noumea Race.
Noumea is a superb area for sailing and a suggestion would be that the CYCA looks closely at the Fremantle-Bale race and rally which starts in May and considers adding cruising yachts to the Noumea concept. If it goes ahead, the Sydney-Noumea Race would dovetail into the Round New Caledonia Race, pitched as the longest windward-leeward race in the world.
Here's the information from the CYCA with contact details for comment or expressions of interest:
As part of the CYCA Sailing Committee approach to continuously review the annual sailing calendar and seek feedback from stakeholders, the Committee is seeking your feedback about a possible reintroduction of a race to Noumea that might be conducted in June 2018 concurrently with the Brisbane to Noumea and Auckland Noumea Yacht Races.
In order to properly understand the desires of our racing stakeholders, and therefore determine if such an idea has support, we invite you to consider the matter and respond by completing an expression of interest.
Last conducted in the 1990’s the race length would be approximately 1,064nm. The existing race record was set in 1991 by Brindabella (G.Snow) is 5d 21h 35m 00s
The event would be a Category 1 Yacht Race for monohulls.
If you intend on entering we ask that you complete the Expression of Interest by 31st July 2015 through this link:
The reintroduction of the race will then be considered at the August Sailing Committee meeting.
Should you have any questions or require any further information please contact Justine Kirkjian, CYCA Sailing Manager on (02) 8292 7800.