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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|VICTOIRE||AUS5299||Darryl Hodgkinson||CYCA||Cookson 50||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