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2015 Land Rover Sydney GC Yacht Race - Entries close with 67 yachts
The fleet leaving Sydney Harbour in light airs last yearAndrea Francolini

Land Rover Sydney GC Yacht Race 2015 – Entries close with 67 yachts

Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2015 – Entries in the 2015 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race close on Friday evening and have exceeded the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s expectations, with 67 boats signed up for the Blue Water Pointscore opener.

Boats representing NSW, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia in the 384 nautical mile race top last year’s fleet by a dozen. It is another clear indication of a revival in numbers at major Australian yachting events this past 12 months.

“This is the most entries we’ve had since 2011, when 69 yachts were entered,” John Cameron, Commodore of the CYCA said. “It’s pleasing to note that in the year since I became Commodore, yacht racing has become more popular, with numbers the best they have been in recent years in Club events,” added Cameron who has raced at the CYCA for over 20 years.

“It’s also pleasing to see four entries coming from Southport Yacht Club and we are looking forward to some friendly interclub rivalry,” the Commodore added.

A vast array of yachts will take part in the race’s 30th edition. From Rupert Henry’s newly purchased JV62, Chinese Whisper (ex Jethou), to a reinvigorated TP52 fleet via new owners Matt Allen (Ichi Ban), Geoff Boettcher (Secret Mens Business) and 2014 overall winner, Sam Haynes (Celestial). They will join Balance (Paul Clitheroe), Cougar II (Anthony Lyall) and Frantic (Michael Martin).

Two canting Cookson 50s, in Victoire and Pretty Fly III, will battle each other as well as the TP52s; while there are a variety of 10 Beneteaus which will enjoy in-house competition.

Roger Hickman will celebrate Wild Rose’s 30th birthday in this 30th race and will try to match his 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart victory with honours in this race, for which he already has an enviable reputation. ‘Hicko’ has won twice (1994 with Wild Rose and 1997 with Atara), finished third in 2013, second in 1992 and 1993, with a third in class 1996.

Last year’s winning boat, Celestial, is now in the hands of Bruce Foye and Sebastian Bohm, and the pair will be under pressure to put in a performance worthy of the Rogers 46 now called ‘The Goat’. In the past, Foye has pumped out some great results in the Sydney 38 class.

2015 Land Rover Sydney GC Yacht Race - Entries close with 67 yachts

Sam Haynes put Celestial through her paces in the Land Rover Winter Series© David Brogan www.sailpix.com.au

Sibby Ilzhofer is the only female boat owner/skipper represented in the race with her Farr/Cookson 47, Dare Devil. Newcastle based Ilzhofer sailed her first Hobart race last year as a boat owning skipper and won the Jane Tate Memorial Trophy as the first female skipper to finish.

The largest boats are Anthony Bell’s 100ft Perpetual Loyal and Peter Harburg’s 70ft Black Jack, which will fight it out for line honours. The two were at close quarters all the way to the finish line last year. In the end, Bell’s boat finished second on line to Wild Oats XI (which is currently in the USA), nearly two hours ahead of third placed Black Jack.

At the other end of the scale are Quikpoint Azzurro (Shane Kearns), the S&S 34 footer, and L’Altra Donna, the Summit 35 owned by Andy Kearnan who sailed her to fourth overall in 2013. These and the other ‘small fry’ will be keeping their fingers crossed for good breeze to bring them home.

Starting on Saturday July 25, the date coincidentally marks what would be the 100th birthday of the late Peter Luke, co-founder of the CYCA in 1944, and the last survivor of the nine skippers who participated in the inaugural Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in 1945. Luke died when he was 92, but his family will mark this special occasion in Sydney as the fleet sets sail.

The Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race starts at 1300 hours on July 25 from Nielsen Park on Sydney Harbour, and finishes at Main Beach, Southport. From there, crews will receive the usual warm welcome from Southport Yacht Club, the race finishing partner.

Family, friends and enthusiasts can follow the race and their favourite yachts via the CYCA’s proven yacht tacker on the official race website.

For more information on the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, click here.

2015 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race – Series Entries

 

BOAT NAME SAIL NO SKIPPER FROM DESIGN STATE
ABRACADABRA 5612 James Murchison RSYS Tripp 47 NSW Y
AFTER MIDNIGHT 8778 Mark & Greg Tobin CYCA Farr 40 Mod NSW Y
ALACRITY 7447 Matthew Percy SYC Beneteau First 44 QLD Y
AMANTE 6609 Dennis Cooper CYCA Sydney 36cr NSW Y
ANGER MANAGEMENT 11011 Phil Arnall NCYC Corby 43 NSW Y
ARIEL A140 R Forster /P Damp CYCA/SASC Beneteau First 40 NSW Y
ART EQUITY MAHLIGAI NZL1 Murray Owen RPNYC Sydney 46 NSW Y
AUSREO 6755 Ian Creak GFS Beneteau 47.7 NSW Y
BALANCE 7771 Mike Green CYCA Farr Tp52 NSW Y
BEAR NECESSITY MH115 John Blair BSC C & C 115 NSW
BIG KAHOONA 6603 Steve McManus RMYCPH Beneteau First 44.7 NSW Y
BLACK JACK 52570 Mark Bradford RQYS Juan K QLD Y
BLACK SHEEP 33345 Derek & Martin Sheppard CYCA Beneteau 45 NSW Y
BRINDABELLA 10000 Jim Cooney CYCA Jutson 80 NSW
CALIBRE 7777 Richard Williams CYCA Sydney 38 NSW Y
CELESTIAL 6952 Sam Haynes CYCA Jv Tp52 NSW
CHANCELLOR 8824 Edward Tooher CYCA Beneteau 47.7 NSW Y
CHINESE WHISPER AUS-13 Rupert Henry CYCA Judel Vroljik 62 NSW Y
CLOSE HALLED M3 Graeme Hall LMYC Beneteau First 40 NSW Y
COUGAR 11 5200 Anthony Lyall RYCT Transpac 52 Farr TAS Y
CYRENE 3 8412 Mike Selby CYCA X-412 NSW Y
DARE DEVIL RF5095 Sibby Ilzhofer NCYC Farr/Cookson 47 NSW Y
DOLCE 9550 Pierre Gal CHYC Inglis 47 Mod NSW Y
ELENA NOVA 65007 Craig Neil MHYC Judel & Vorlijk 42 NSW Y
ESPRESSO FORTE 8181 Laurence Freedman CYCA Farr 55 NSW Y
FRANTIC GBR5211L Michael Martin NCYC Tp52 Donovan NSW Y
GREAT XPECTATIONS 6343 Rod Wills CYCA X-43 NSW Y
HARTBREAKER B330 Alan Breidahl RBYC Reichel Pugh 46 VIC Y
HELSAL3 262 Rob Fisher RYCT Adams/Barrett TAS Y
ICHI BAN AUS001 Gordon Maguire CYCA J/V 52 nsw
ICHI BAN. AUS01 Matt Allen CYCA Carkeek 60 NSW Y
JUSTADASH 7722 Philip Dash MHYC Beneteau First 40 NSW Y
KAYLE – SWD 7878 John Whitfeld CYCA Lyons 54 NSW Y
KERAZY 11044 R Curtis G Tailby RPAYC Ker 11.3 NSW Y
KOMODO 9327 Andrew Butler RPAYC Farr 40 NSW Y
L’ALTRA DONNA 6935 Andy Kearnan CYCA Summit 35 NSW Y
LAST TANGO 8975 Phillip King CYCA Salona 44 NSW
LE BILLET 10447 M Tinworth / M Waterhouse RPAYC Beneteau First 44.7 NSW Y
LEE-WAY 135 Tony Horkings SYC Northshore 38 QLD Y
LOCAL HERO 1236 Matthew Bassett MYC/NHSC Bh36 NSW Y
MERLIN 93 David Forbes RSYS Kaiko 52 NSW Y
MORTGAGECHOICE RUMBA 6232 Kerry Burke MHYC Northshore 370 NSW Y
NOT A DIAMOND RQ2404 David Redfern RQYS Beneteau First 40 QLD Y
OCC. COARSE LANG ONE 8009 Robert Alder RPAYC Cookson 12 NSW Y
ONESAILS RACING AUS8899 Ray Roberts CYCA Farr 55 NSW Y
PAINKILLER FORTE 6063 Rod West SYC Jeanneau QLD Y
PAPILLON 6841 Phil Molony CYCA Archambault A40rc NSW
PATRICE 360 Tony Kirby CYCA Ker 46 NSW
PATRICE SIX MH777 Shaun Lane MHYC X-Yacht 41 NSW Y
PERPETUAL LOYAL SYD1000 Anthony Bell CYCA Juan-K 100 NSW
PMA YEAH BABY A5 Louis Ryckmans CYCA Welbourn 50 NSW
PRETTY FLY III 10007 Greg Marshall CYCA Cookson 50 NSW Y
PRETTY WOMAN 545 Richard Hudson RPAYC Farr 45 NSW Y
QUIKPOINT AZZURRO 3430 Shane Kearns CYCA S & S 34 NSW Y
SAMURAI JACK 88888 Michael Lazzarini QCYC Farr39ml Mod QLD Y
SECRET MENS BUSINESS YC3300 Geoff Boettcher CYCSA Tp52 J/V SA Y
SHE 4924 Phil Bell SYC Olson 40 QLD Y
SHES THE CULPRIT 370 David Odowd NCYC/LMYC Inglis-Jones/Hart 39 NSW Y
ST JUDE 6686 Noel Cornish CYCA Sydney 47 NSW Y
STAMPEDE 77 J Lattimore M Mcdonald LMYC/NCY Inglis 39 NSW Y
SWISH 226 Steven Proud MHYC Kernan 44 NSW Y
THE GOAT 421 Sebastion Bohm Bruce Foye CYCA Rogers 46 NSW Y
TRITON 6377 Michael Cranitch CYCA Lc60 NSW Y
VICTOIRE AUS5299 Darryl Hodgkinson CYCA Cookson 50 NSW Y
WASABI AUS88 Bruce McKay CSC Sayer12 NSW Y
WAX LYRICAL 248 Les Goodridge CYCA X 50 NSW
WILD ROSE 4343 Roger Hickman CYCA Farr 43 NSW Y
XS MOMENT 11744 Ray Hudson RPAYC X Yachts Xp44 NSW Y

by Di Pearson

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