Entries open for Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race

The 2019 fleet exits Sydney Harbour - Andrea Francolini pic
The 2019 fleet exits Sydney Harbour - Andrea Francolini pic

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is accepting entries for the 2021 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, which will start on Saturday 31 July.

After the cancellation of last year’s race due to COVID-19 restrictions, the CYCA is excited to see the return of this prestigious race.

Marking the start of the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore, the race provides owners and crew with vital offshore racing experience in the lead-up to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. It starts on Sydney Harbour and follows a 384 nautical mile passage to finish just off Queensland’s Main Beach.

A Notice of Race is now available for all competitors, with entries open until 1700 hrs on 16 July 2021.

CYCA Commodore, Noel Cornish expects a good turnout for this year’s race: “After the unfortunate cancellation in 2020, we are looking forward to seeing a strong fleet,” the Commodore says.

“This race traditionally attracts some of Australia’s best-known ocean racing yachts and this year will be no different.

“We’re thankful for the support of our race partner Noakes Group, and Southport Yacht Club, with whom we have built a strong relationship over the years.

“We have a contingency plan in place in the event of a border closure between NSW and Queensland due to COVID-19, so I encourage all competitors to read through the Notice of Race.”

Barry Cuneo’s TP52, Envy Scooters, scooped the IRC overall top spot in the 2019 Sydney Gold Coast race, with two TP52’s in Matt Allen’s, Ichi Ban and Sam Haynes’ Celestial also finishing on the podium. The Oatley Family’s Reichel/Pugh 66, Wild Oats X, claimed line honours for a third time.

For all information, visit: https://goldcoast.cycaracing.com/

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