PETER LOFT MARATHON RACE
BYRA's annual Peter Loft Marathon Race takes place annually on the first Sunday in May. This is a great event and sailors from all clubs are welcome. All race fees benefit the Peter Loft Foundation.
One of the most popular aspects of the race is the Le Mans start. Competitors line up on the beach beside the clubhouse and, on the dropping of the BYRA flag, sprint to their boats to begin. Clearly this gives the less-old sailors an advantage, but history shows that experience soon wins out.
After the race, please join us for prize-giving and a barbeque dinner on the BYRA deck. Refreshments will also be available.
Full details are available here.
Entry costs $10 for Juniors (aged under 18) and $15 for Seniors (18 and over). Purchase Online Now
The course for junior sailors (sailing PJs, Optimist, MJ and novice Spiral) is normally from BYRA to Stokes Point to Towlers Bay and back to BYRA (via the east side of Scotland Island). The course may be altered due to weather.
The full course is from BYRA up to, and around, around Lion Island. This course is some 20 kilometres in length. The course may be altered due to weather.
THE PETER LOFT FOUNDATION
Peter Loft, a talented young sailor and member of BYRA was tragically killed in a plane accident in 1990. He appears on BYRA's honour board multiple times. In the 1986-87 season, Peter was the Manly Junior National Champion. The following season Peter switched to the 420 and proceeded to become the 420 National Champion that year and the next.
In Peter's honour, the Peter Loft Foundation was set up to help young sailors compete in national and international sailing regattas. Since the 1990s the marathon race has become an institution on Pittwater, and thousands of dollars have been passed on to the foundation.