Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Race 2019
On Saturday 27 July 2019 the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will start the 34th Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, an event that is second only in status to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race among long ocean races conducted by the Club.
A category 2 race, approximately 384 nm in length & the qualifier for the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Going north to Sunny Queensland/Gold Coast this race has been known to throw anything at you.
The CYCA introduced the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race in 1986 as ‘the great winter escape’, taking advantage of the completion of the Gold Coast Seaway. Extensive harbour works funded by the Queensland Government had opened up an all-weather entrance at the Southport bar to deep keel yachts, large pleasure craft and fishing trawlers.
Since then the 384 nautical mile race has attracted fleets of between 70 and 80 yachts each year, with entries coming mainly from New South Wales and Queensland, but also from Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and New Zealand. In 1997, a record fleet of 86 boats took part.
Most of Australia’s best-known ocean racing yachts, their skippers and crews have competed at some stage, with names like Apollo, Hammer of Queensland, Sovereign, Brindabella, Condor of Currabubula, Sydney, Wild Thing, Grundig, Wild Oats XI and Black Jack on the honour roll of Line Honours winners.
The Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race marks the start of the Club’s sixth month Blue Water program which is regarded as an important stepping-stone for owners and crew to gain vital offshore racing experience in the lead-up to competing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
The CYCA conducts the Sydney Gold Coast Race with the co-operation of Southport Yacht Club, which provides outstanding club and marina facilities for the visiting yachts in a relaxed semi-tropical setting. This close relationship between the two clubs continues.
Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race: Schedule of Events
After the start in Sydney Harbor the fleet turns left at North Head then passes the major ports of Newcastle, Port Stephens, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Cape Byron and on to Queensland’s beautiful Gold Coast.
First Warning Signal: Saturday 1300 hrs, 28th July 2018
The first boats in the fleet are expected to arrive at Southport Yacht Club on the Gold Coast sometime on Sunday, depending on the weather conditions.
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2018
Destination Gold Coast
Nothing quite captures the pace and vibrancy of a city like a good timelapse video. From the world-class waves at Snapper Rocks to 100,000 hectares of enchanting National Parks and reserves, Australia’s Gold Coast contains some insanely beautiful sites. There’s 56 kilometres of coastline to swim, stroll or surf, tropical rainforests to marvel over, and energetic precincts to immerse yourself in for some serious fun.
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