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The annual Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise Regatta appeals to owners from the Sydney catchment area and beyond with boats from regional New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and New Zealand represented in previous editions.
Shorthanded, multihull, straight-out racer, cruiser/racer and a newly introduced cruising division offer the full gamut of entry options for the IRC/ORCi optimised through to well-performing production boats, and now those crews focused more on the journey than the destination are well catered for.
The NSW coastal fringe is a dramatic ever-changing landscape of beaches, cliffs, towns, safe harbours and islands. Each January the 370 nautical mile Australian Sailing Category 2 ocean race – the Pittwater to Paradise Regatta’s opening pointscore event - takes the fleet north along the NSW coast to the easternmost tip of Australia at Cape Byron before the final leg along Queensland’s golden beaches to the finish line off Main Beach at Southport.
Ray Haslar’s Reichel/Pugh 42 Rikki made the journey from New Zealand to Pittwater for the start of the 2018 Club Marine Pittwater to Paradise ocean race and the skipper said this of the adventure: “We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. For the first-timers on board it was the experience of a lifetime. The delivery over took seven days, clearing into Newcastle, with a six-day crossing for the return trip.”
Haslar appreciated the professional support of both the host Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Southport Yacht Club, the finish club and host of the Bartercard Sail Paradise Series. “The service and hospitality at both clubs were excellent; you couldn’t have asked for better.”
Already registered for the start of the 2019 race to Southport, starting January 2 just to the north of Palm Beach headland, is Wings, a new Dehler 46 launched last November for RPAYC members Lindy and Ian Edwards.
Wings’ racing calendar is a busy one, the owners soon to leave Sydney for the CYCA’s lengthy PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race, a reinstated 1,064 nautical miler starting June 2, then back to Queensland in winter for consecutive race weeks at Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island and Magnetic Island.
Media Release 6 May 2018
Event: MC38 2018 Season Act 1 on Pittwater, May 5-6, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
Maserati laps MC38 fleet in Act 1 on Pittwater
Three straight final day wins for Neville Crichton’s Maserati delivered the absent owner the narrowest victory in the first act of the MC38’s 2018 season.
“You’ve got to have a bit of luck on your side on Pittwater; that’s the nature of sailing up here in winter,” said Maserati’s tactician Joe Turner, adding “it helps build the skills for sailing in light and patchy stuff. I enjoy it.”
Chris Hancock’s Vino crew went into the final race a point ahead in the combined scores and needing the bullet. They finished second to Maserati, unable to hold off the Turner brothers, Daniel on the wheel and older brother Joe calling tactics with America’s Cup sailor and former Etchells world champion Ben Lamb adding his flair on a tricky Pittwater day.
Video highlights by Tilly Lock Media.
After many years of class racing, a countback to second is the closest the Vino crew, spearheaded by the owner and tactician Billy Merrington, has been to claiming the overall regatta trophy. Hancock is encouraged by the result, though his plan is to sell his MC38 and downsize to three crew campaigning a 5.5m class boat with sentimental value he’s purchased.
“The crew work was really good this weekend; we’ve sailed well for quite a while, but the odd mistake counted us out,” Hancock once shared back at the RPAYC dock on Sunday May 6, 2018. “We showed what we can really do once you are mistake-free. I’m really proud of the way the guys worked.
“The eight-up has really helped us. The maximum crew weight is now 670 up from 600kgs and we’ve taken advantage of that. The two RPAYC Youth Development women, Rachel Bower and Hannah Lanz, who we’ve added most recently, are fantastic and really showing their Elliott skills. They are also a calming influence on everybody.
“Vino’s on the market. I’ve bought a 5.5m which was built in 1979 at the RPAYC and won a world championship in 1980 in the Bahamas. The move allows me to become a destination sailor and get on the water more often, and with a touch of luck the worlds will be in Sydney in 2020.”
Showing noticeable improvement in only their second hit-out with the Grand Prix one design fleet was Shaun Lane and Quentin Hewitt’s Middle Harbour based Lazy Dog, which in the wind lottery went from well back in the pack to second in race five. In that finish, one second separated each of the top three finishers.
Sunday’s three races in warm autumn sunshine and light winds capped off the six-race series run by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. The race management team snuck race four in early Sunday, in the last of the cool morning sou’wester, before the slow transition to a light sou’easter 5-7 knots.
The final race six was a one-lapper, a smart call by the race committee given the fluky conditions looked set to shutdown altogether.