Pittwater to Coffs approaches

A diverse fleet of yachts and crew will compete in the annual Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race this week.

04 April 2022


After two false starts, the first an early casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and the second due to flooding on an incredible scale throughout New South Wales in 2021, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) is looking forward to getting the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race underway in April 2022.

In 2021, the new annual race date was set for one week before Easter, which was well and truly endorsed by the offshore racing community.

The 42 entries saw a fantastic cross-section of the offshore racing boats, from family-owned and crewed cruiser racers to professionally crewed line honours and Tattersall Cup winners of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race.

For the new 2021-2022 offshore racing season, RPAYC and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) have revamped their offshore programs to include a short summer series, January through to April.


Pittwater to Coffs will be the last bluewater race of the New South Wales offshore sailing season.

The race is attractive to boats heading north for winter season regattas, which take place in North Queensland and are perfectly timed for the Brisbane to Gladstone Race starting on Good Friday each year.

“We expect a great entry list for the race, which has a place in the hearts of the offshore racing community,” says RPAYC Race Director, Nick Elliot.

“After two years of border restrictions for NSW and VIC yachts and crews wanting to head north for the Queensland regattas, 2022 is likely to see an increased fleet heading up the coast, making the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Race an attractive part of the trip.

“The race offers a fantastic pathway to new offshore sailors for a weekends sail, as well as experienced sailors looking to beat their previous own race records and that of the race itself.”

RPAYC has seen plenty of enthusiasm around two-handed racing, with new boats arriving at the club expressly set up for this discipline over the last 12 months. Sailors are also reconfiguring their yachts to compete in this demanding discipline.

It’s not just the monohulls getting excited about the race; several prominent offshore multihulls have again expressed their interest in competing.

Jason Carroll planned to sail his ORMA 60 trimaran down from Queensland for the race in 2021, and Darren Drew was hoping to take home the silverware with his hugely successful Crowther 50, Top Gun.

The 2022 Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race will once again see a diverse fleet of yachts and crews enjoy the dash up the coast to the holiday town of Coffs Harbour, where they’re sure to receive a warm Coffs welcome from Coffs Harbour Yacht Club and Coffs Harbour International Marina.

Presentations are scheduled for Sunday afternoon, weather-dependent, giving crews time to get home for Monday morning. The scheduled start time is 1pm Friday 8 April 2022.



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