30 October 2018
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club will welcome the arrival of eight Olympic yachts for early November, for fleet and match racing for the more experienced sailors.
The Elliott 6s are in pristine condition and have raced in a select few events including the Pre-Olympic Test Events, the Olympic Games and three other regattas at venues in Hong Kong, California and Chicago.
NCYC’s Sailing Manager Jack Buchan said, “These yachts are capable of some exciting sailing. Not only a close sailing experience, this one-design fleet hits a punch with power and speed, making them an exciting boat to sail that will definitely test the skills of our sailors.”
CEO , Paul O’Rouke said, “Our new fleet offers a chance for capable sailors to come along and go yacht racing at an affordable weekly price.”
“The opportunity removes the hurdle of boat ownership and with a crew of just 2-4 adults, makes it even easier to get out on the water week-to-week,” continued O’Rourke.
“We also have the boat that Australian Team Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty sailed to a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics.
The sails still have the country flags and Olympic branding. I think everyone will be keen to sail on that boat.”
The Elliotts will form both Summer and Winter Inshore Pointscore events including Young Guns, Hot Shots (invitation only), Women Series as well as an Open Division.
With the Elliotts on board, NCYC will now be placed to host Interclub challenges and regattas at a higher level.