Multihull & Monohull Line Honours Winners Declared

Drew Carruther’s Drew 15, Rushour  had a very comfortable trip north with pleasant hot meals to cross the finish line at 15:50 AEDT, taking multihull line honours in the 2019 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta, Sunday 5 January.

An elated Drew commented: ‘’Whilst there can be up to 15 people crammed into a small monohull, on our multihull it is very comfortable and goes a relatively similar speed to the monohulls. We were very lucky, when Morticia unfortunately had to pull out we backed off a little with our only goal being to make sure that we were the first boat home which we obviously achieved. Once we got past the first night we had beautiful sailing, it wasn’t too rough just a little light on the wind at times.

It was disappointing to lose our fellow multihulls, but that is one of the risks in the sport. The next race for the boat will be Brisbane to Gladstone’’.

In the monohull fleet Pretty Woman, the Farr 45 co-owned by RPAYC Commodore, Michael Lockley, Richard Hudson and Russell Murphy, took line honours  finishing  at 16:57 AEDT.

Richard had this to say post-race: ‘’I thoroughly enjoyed the race, the toughest bit was getting around Cape Byron, that was physiologically challenging. Our crew morale was excellent, they had a lot of fun, a good mixture of youth & experience. This was our first line honours win outside a club race on board Pretty Woman so we are very pleased with that.
Highly Sprung were always close behind and it felt like they were attached on a piece of shock cord. What we did appreciate was that we led from the starting gun, we got out of the start nicely and never let anyone in front of us”.

Michael Lockley – RPAYC Club Commodore: ‘’We’ve had a good race, all of the Youth Development members on the boat were fantastic.  Our catering was right down to the wire and we may have run out prior to the finish.’

Commenting on the race itself Michael said ‘’A positive side of the Pittwater to Paradise Race is that it gives the opportunity for everyone to go racing whether it is north or south, with a different set of time restraints. Also ideal for those who are not yet up to a Hobart Race, or would like to use this as a stepping stone to the Hobart, it gives them an entrée into how a long ocean race might work and how you prepare and deal with it, how to put a crew together and who you need.  

The Race has been a success, unfortunately we have had a few retirements, the good news about that is people were able to make some decisions and get some safe outcomes if things didn’t quite go right’’.

Second over the line in the monohulls  and current  winner of IRC, ORCi & PHS, Mark Springs Beneteau 45 Highly Sprung  followed close on Pretty Woman’s heels only 14 minutes later at 17:11 AEDT, enjoying a very close battle.

‘’The first night was pretty rough for the new guys on the boat, it was definitely an initiation for them, then pretty much champagne sailing after that. 4 of us are very new to the sport of racing, having sailed for a long time but never raced offshore, then we have some amazing professionals on-board, with at least 6 very seasoned sailors. We had a ball, having Pretty Woman just ahead of us was a great motivation, we would look up and they were just there, they got away from us on the second day and so overnight the team worked really hard just pushing every second of it and we caught her. It was a great race and we look forward to a drink and chat with them’’.

At the time of writing we currently have 4 boats still racing with the next boat  due this morning. 

The fleet can be tracked here http://yb.tl/PS2019

Following the 370nm category 2 ocean race is the Southport Yacht Club’s spectacular summer offshore sailing regatta, the Bartercard Sail Paradise series. Four days of racing will be staged on the beautiful ocean waters off the Gold Coast’s golden beaches from Sunday 6 to Wednesday 9 January 2019. Both events have been combined to create an offshore series for competitors and the ultimate winner of the ‘Pittwater to Paradise Regatta’.

For more information visit: http://www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au/
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Media enquiries during the race:
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SYC enquiries Bronwen Hemmings ph. (07) 5591 3500 e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pittwater to Paradise start video

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Pittwater to Paradise 2019 Slideshow & Race Start

Good Morning and welcome to Day 4 of the 2019 Pittwater to Paradise Race. Unfortunately the breeze overnight hasn't been so kind to our competitors and it appears 'huey' is still on holidays. Whilst we wait for overnight news lets have a look back at the race start and all of the amazing images from Tillylockmedia.

 

Pretty Woman extends with Highly Sprung hot on their heels

Event: Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta January 2 – 9, 2019 hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (NSW) & Southport Yacht Club (QLD)

Richard Hudson’s Farr 45 Pretty Woman continues to lead the monohull fleet north, however “Highly Sprung” are sticking to Pretty Woman like “bees to a honey pot” and have a handy lead on IRC overall.

It’s been no rest for the wicked, with Pretty Woman crewmembers’ Liam Bennett, James Farquharson & Michael Lockley, who all just finished in the Sydney to Hobart and flew straight back to compete in the Pittwater to Paradise, in a race that has turned into a real endurance battle. “I’m getting sick of tacking all the time” said an exhausted Liam Bennett. “Even when off watch, we are constantly having to change bunks each time to the windward side”.
Bennett referring to the strategical course the fleet is sailing, which is seeing nearly all the boats hugging the coast line to stay out of the south-going current.

A little further back from the battle at the front, Ocean Gem and Wildflower 2 seem to be having a great battle of their own, with both boats having their own match race up the coast. Both boats again doing their best to keep these cruiser racers up to speed and out of the adverse current, and are within shouting distance of each other at times.

Rushour, the lone horse left in the multihull division, is continuing to power away from the fleet as even though in their own words they “have throttled back a bit”, due to her multihull competitors retiring. Rushour, however is still hungry to be the first boat across the line!

Enigma have made a bold move and have gone east out to sea, and are the furthest offshore of the fleet. Time will tell if this bold manoeuvre pays off, however, in the meantime Enigma has a few miles to try and get back.

Meanwhile back on land is Mad Jack, who are already planning their 2020 race, we caught up with owner Greg Black earlier today: “As we wish the remainder of fleet in the Pittwater to Paradise Regatta the best for the race north, we wanted to provide an update on our injured bowman.

Louis ended up with a broken ankle and is now back in Brisbane with a cast on his ankle. Good to see he is still wearing the MJ shirt and with a smile on his face.

We were fortunate to have an incredible crew for the race who all worked together through a difficult time. Thank you, team!! An extra call out to our navigator (and fortunately for us a trauma surgeon) Professor Michael Muller, who had his hands full and did an incredible job on a 35ft yacht belting into a lumpy sea.

Lastly, thank you again to Craig, Tommy and the entire team from The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club – RPAYC, who were exceptional.  We’ll be back”, commented an upbeat Greg.

The fleet can be tracked here http://yb.tl/PS2019

At this stage the race leaders are are expected to cross the finish line midday tomorrow (Saturday 5th January). We encourage spectators to join the Southport Yacht Club and take your boat just off the seaway and welcome the crews as they arrive at Southport .

Following the 370nm category 2 ocean race is the Southport Yacht Club’s spectacular summer offshore sailing regatta, the Bartercard Sail Paradise series. Four days of racing will be staged on the beautiful ocean waters off the Gold Coast’s golden beaches from Sunday 6 to Wednesday 9 January 2019. Both events have been combined to create an offshore series for competitors and the ultimate winner of the ‘Pittwater to Paradise Regatta’.

 

For more information visit: http://www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au/
Facebook: @pitt2paradise - Twitter: @Pitt2Paradise - Instagram: #pitt2paradise
Hash Tags: #pitt2paradise #RPAYC #clubmarine #henrilloydaus

Media enquiries during the race:
RPAYC Nick Elliott m. 0468 330 070 e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Katie Spithill m. 0438 548 755 e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SYC enquiries Bronwen Hemmings ph. (07) 5591 3500 e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pittwater to Paradise start video

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Updated Wind Forecast

THU 03   7am

SITUATION

TC PENNY has redeveloped over the NW Coral Sea and is expected to meander over the northern Coral Sea through the weekend, probably making landfall in the Townsville area on MON 07.

High pressure will persist over the Tasman Sea. A weak trough will be along the QLD coast with more E winds.

FORECAST

No change to the situation ahead for the race.

Yesterday, the weak S-SE change made for a slow start and then afternoon showers and thunderstorms from Sydney to Newcastle softened the NE breeze.

This morning, the wind on the shoreline south of Seal Rocks is very soft from SW-SE direction. Offshore it remains strong NE and north of Seal Rocks, it is strong NE away from the coastal strip. The wind south fo Seal Rocks in close will not really build again until this afternoon.

NE winds this afternoon and tonight – strongest overnight offshore from Seal Rocks to Coffs.

Stronger NE winds on FRI 04  - again south of Coffs with less NE winds for the far north coast of NSW and SE QLD.

More NE breezes on SAT 05 and E-ENE on SUN 06, but N-NW at the coast in the mornings.

Afternoon showers and thunderstorms should remain south of the race area this afternoon inland this afternoon; any storms should be inland from coastal areas on mid north coast of NSW. Afternoon showers and storms should become less active tomorrow and Friday, however, a shower or 2 is possible on the SE QLD coast later in the weekend as wind become more E in direction.

FORECAST

THU 03  

WIND  

SW-SE/3-7 south of Seal Rocks all morning within 20 miles of the coast.

E-NE/10-15 out from the coast south of Seal Rocks and NE/20-25 offshore and north of Seal Rocks

NE/15-25 all areas this afternoon and tonight

SEAS  

1m seas south of Seal Rocks  and 1.5-2m waves north of Seal Rocks on 1-1.5m on 1m NE swell

WEATHER  

dry and fairly sunny off the mid north coast.

FRI 04  

WIND  N-NNE/8-15 in very close to the coast and N-NE/15-20 off the coast in the morning; then NE-NNE/15-25 everywhere in the afternoon/evening south of Coffs; NE/15-20 north of Coffs.

SEAS  1m early morning in close, elsewhere 1.5-1.8m waves on a 1.5m ENE swell

WEATHER  partly cloudy at times

SAT 05  

WIND  Very soft shoreline with NW/5-10 kts; elsewhere N-NE/10-15 north of Byron with NE/13-17 afternoon and evening and NE/15-20 offshore in the afternoon/evening.

SEAS  0.5m to 1.5m waves on 1.5-1.8m E swell

WEATHER  partly cloudy – likely dry.

SUN 06

WIND  NW/5-10 kts inshore at first; elsewhere NE-E/10-15 north of Byron with E/10-15 afternoon and evening and E/10-20 offshore in the afternoon/evening.

SEAS  0.5m to 1.5m waves on 1.5-2m E swell

WEATHER  partly cloudy – possible shower or 2.

CURRENT

No change with current – running south at 1-2kts – mostly on and seawards of the shelf but in closer around mid north coast at Tacking Point to Smoky Cape and also on the far north coast of NSW north of Byron.

ROUTES 

Latest elapsed times for the race have blown out due to the soft start and then the shower/thunderstorm activity off the central and Newcastle coast areas late yesterday. 

ROUTES remain mostly coastal with finish times from SAT 05 afternoon to SUN 06 morning.

 

End

Rushour continues to power upwind

All smiles onboard Rushour. Whilst the Drew 15 may have lost their fellow multihull competitors overnight due to retirements, they continue to power upwind at 8-9knots whilst enjoying their self-stirring scrambled eggs and bacon.

Report from onboard state:

18 knots steady NNE, 1m short chop, boat is doing 8-9 knots, since our fellow multi racers retired yesterday we’ve slowed down, looking after the boat.

Last night was 25-30knots NNE, max we saw was about 31 knots. With 2 reefs she was nicely balanced and handling the swell, doing about 10-11 knots from memory.
All onboard are fine. What a pleasant way to travel upwind!

Light NE breeze greets the fleet for the start

Media Release - 2 January 2019

Event: Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta January 2 – 9, 2019 hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (NSW) & Southport Yacht Club (QLD)

With a spectator fleet of in excess of 60 boats the 2019 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta got away in a light N NE Breeze from 100-120 at approx 7knots.

The official weather briefing was presented by a representative from the Bureau of Meteorology which anticipated a N NE Breeze of 15-25 knots over the next 24-48hrs.

In the monohull fleet Richards Hudson’s Farr 45 Pretty Women made it clear they had a plan to start at the pin which they had to fight for with Marcus Grimes and his crew onboard Insomnia the Judel & Vorlijk 42.

With the multihulls starting 5 minutes behind the monohulls it didn’t take Shaun Carroll’s Lombard Tri, Morticia more than a few minutes to establish its dominance in both the monohull and multihull fleet. Soon after passing Pretty Woman (monohull leader) Morticia was the first boat to get onto port tack and head east chasing more favourable winds.

‘After a clean start for both fleets the competitors have already encountered their first transition of the race with a S SE’erly starting to settle into the North, I am sure the navigators are already being heavily utilised’ commented Race Director, Nick Elliott.

The fleet can be tracked here http://yb.tl/PS2019

Following the 370nm category 2 ocean race is the Southport Yacht Club’s spectacular summer offshore sailing regatta, the Bartercard Sail Paradise series. Four days of racing will be staged on the beautiful ocean waters off the Gold Coast’s golden beaches from Sunday 6 to Wednesday 9 January 2019. Both events have been combined to create an offshore series for competitors and the ultimate winner of the Pittwater to Paradise Regatta.

For more information visit: http://www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au/
Facebook: @pitt2paradise - Twitter: @Pitt2Paradise - Instagram: #pitt2paradise
Hash Tags: #pitt2paradise #RPAYC #clubmarine #henrilloydaus

Media enquiries during the race:
RPAYC Nick Elliott m. 0468 330 070 e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Katie Spithill m. 0438 548 755 e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SYC enquiries Bronwen Hemmings ph. (07) 5591 3500 e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pittwater to Paradise start video

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How to follow the Race

Live commentary and drone footage of the start on facebook via Adventures of a Sailor Girl - Nicole Douglass   https://www.facebook.com/sailorgirlHQ/.

Follow the Trackers Here: https://yb.tl/ps2019 

Event website www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au

Regatta Facebook Page & Updates: https://www.facebook.com/pitt2paradise/

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Nor-easters for Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise race start

A combined fleet of 15 Queensland and New South Wales boats is due to line up to the north of Palm Beach Headland at 1pm on January 2, 2019 for the annual 370 nautical mile Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise run up the picturesque New South Wales and south-east Queensland coasts.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Gabrielle Woodhouse says the last of the sou’easters are likely to influence Wednesday’s start before a dominant north-easterly flow settles in for the remainder of the passage race, which finishes outside the Southport Broadwater on the Queensland Gold Coast.

Winds north to north-east 15-25 knots and fine weather is good news for the older generation boats and crews running conventional rigs, less so for the multihulls and the general comfort level onboard across the fleet, plus the number of tacks it will take teams to zig-zag their way northwards in a heading breeze.

For the 2019 edition, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is upping media coverage including live commentary and drone footage of the start, which can be tricky to see other than from the Barrenjoey Lighthouse after a steep climb, or aboard a private vessel. On the start day, Adventures of a Sailor Girl - Nicole Douglass will provide live commentary at https://www.facebook.com/sailorgirlHQ/.

Encouragingly, four very different multihulls, from Dale Mitchell’s 9.2m Lombard trimaran Morticia to Drew Carruthers’ equally well-travelled 15m Queensland based catamaran Rushour, are registered– the most multihull interest in some years.

Among the monohull fleet, RPAYC race director Nick Elliott said the line-upbrings together a good selection of production boats; Jeanneaus, Beneteaus and X-yachts, and one-offs like Marcus Grimes’ JV42 called Insomnia, the single-hull line honours favourite.

“We pitch the race as the perfect stepping-stone for those looking to gain more offshore experience via a Category 2 race that offers a number of safe harbours along the way,” Elliott said, adding: “Southport is also a great place to meet the family at the other end and enjoy the Queensland holiday season, with all its offerings!”

The bluewater race’s finish partner, Southport Yacht Club, is well used to taking in tired and hungry yacht crews and showering them with warm Gold Coast hospitality. The 2019 edition, the third Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise race, will be no different.

Following the completion of the ocean race SYC will run their annual short-course Bartercard Sail Paradise Series, January 6-9.

Event website www.pittwatertoparadise.com.au

Twitter: pitt2paradise

Instagram: #pitt2paradise

Media enquiries during the race:

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Groupama 2018 Rushour first multi & corrected time winner_credit Eye Fly

 

Club Marine Pittwater to Southport start 2017_credit Andrea Francolini

 

Morticia starting in 2015 _credit Crosbie Lorimer

Henri Lloyd Media Competition

 

 

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The post with the most likes and shares will be declared the winner by the Race Committee. 

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Pittwater to Southport

 

The Pittwater to Paradise Regatta will be starting on Sydney's Pittwater,  1 hour drive north from Sydney's CBD on January 2, 2019 and run through to 9 January, 2019.

The ocean race offers competitors a strategic challenge as they race between the surfline and the current, past unsurpassed scenic coastlines, prior to arriving in one of Queensland's most popular coastal cities. Once on the Gold Coast boats will enjoy a four day series regatta hosted by the Southport Yacht Club.

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