Auto Advantage Newcastle Port Stephens Race – 24 days to go and 24 entries!
NCYC’s annual Newcastle to Port Stephens Race is shaping up as a great contest with 24 entries received so far and 24 days till start the gun is fired.
The Auto Advantage Newcastle Port Stephens Yacht Race to be held on 14 April 2013 has a fantastic line up of entrants in the 30 to 50 footer range. To date of the 24 entries eight yacht clubs are represented which is indicative of sailor’s interest in visiting Newcastle and ‘hopping’ their way to Sail Port Stephens. With about 3 weeks until close of entries race organisers are hoping this number could surpass 30.
In the race for Line Honours yachts to watch out for will include Corby 43 Anger Management, DK 46 Nine Dragons, Sayer 44.9 Colortile, Mat1245 Obsession, Farr 36OD Toy Story as well as Farr 40 ODs PT73 and Long Time Dead. If the wind is on the nose or beam the ‘maxi boat’ in the fleet (relatively speaking) German Fres 18.5m Margaret Rintoul V will pose a challenge to knock off for first past the post (line honours). Not even Robbie Waterhouse would dare pick an IRC favourite this far out given the number of strong performing entries which include a variety of designs from the well-known stables of Beneteau, Archambault, Farr and Sydney Yachts just to name a few, all of which can be dangerous on their day.
With Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club conducting a race to Newcastle on the preceding day (13 April 2013), free berthing for competitors entering the Newcastle Port Stephens Race the following day and the standard NCYC warm welcome and good hospitality guaranteed the weekend and Auto Advantage Newcastle to Port Stephens Race should be plenty of fun.
Following on from last year’s disappointing lack of wind some innovative amendments have been made to this year’s Sailing Instructions including the ability to start en-route and also finish the race offshore or inshore should the weather gods deliver light winds for the day and run out tides.
To view entries and download race documents for the Auto Advantage Newcastle Port Stephens Yacht Race please go to http://www.ncyc.net.au/sailing/offshore-races/
Photo attached – NCYC Race Entrant Beneteau 40.7 Novocaine owned by Vaughn Stephens with one of Newcastle’s iconic ships departing in the background along with the Harbour Pilots’ standard mode of transport, a helicopter, taking off.
Article by Richard Howard
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club