Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race 2015 cancelled

Middle Harbour Yacht announced today the cancellation of the Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race 2015.

MHYC Commodore John McCuaig advised the lack of entries in both the monohull and multihull divisions drove the decision not to continue planning for the race start on March 27. “It’s a disappointing outcome for both my club and for our partner, Mooloolaba Yacht Club.

“Last year we did our best to the get the mixed multihull and monohull race off the ground with only three entries. Only one boat finished and that was Team Australia. With the same level of entries this year, pushing ahead to run the race with those numbers just isn’t practical.

“I am unsure as to what will happen to the race in the future and if Middle Harbour will look at running it. For now the club will put all its energy into its signature Sydney Harbour Regatta which is on this weekend,” McCuaig said.

The first Sydney to Mooloolaba Yacht Race was run in 1964 and called the Sydney to Brisbane race. The race finish moved to Mooloolaba in 1973 so the fleet didn't have to negotiate the tides and sandbanks of Moreton Bay. The race ran continually until 2006. Between 2007 and 2013 the race wasn’t conducted. In 2014 Middle Harbour Yacht Club worked in conjunction with Sean Langman to reinvigorate the race, offering for the first time both monohull and multihull entries.

McCuaig thanked Mooloolaba Yacht Club and all who have been involved in organising and supporting the race.

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