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Tough night at sea for NCYC fleet in inaugural 100 mile overnight offshore race – November 30, 2011

A fleet of seven yachts lined up for the 1800 hours start in Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club’s first race of the Lion, Bird & Cabbage offshore series on Friday evening.  The race commenced in a 20 knot North Easterly with the fleet tacking out of Newcastle Harbor before turning right, setting spinnakers and trundling down the NSW coast to Bird Island just to the north of Norah Head.  Phil Arnall’s Corby 43, Anger Management, set the pace and rounded Bird Island at approximately 2030 hrs before settling in to a 55 nautical mile beat to Cabbage Tree Island situated to the North of Port Stephens.