Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race
On the last Saturday each July, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia start’s their annual 384nm coastal classic, the 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.
Start of Blue Water program
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.