|The biggest fleet in more than a decade, 11 TP52s and a very different upfront tussle for line honours among the 60-footers are just some of the anticipated highlights of the Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race starting at 1pm on Saturday July 27, 2019 from Sydney Harbour.
With Australian-registered supermaxis away contesting the Transpac race or undergoing pre-Rolex Sydney Hobart modifications, the line-honours contest is wide open.
David Gotze’s newly purchased RP63 No Limit, Rupert Henry and David Griffith’s JV62 Chinese Whisper (winner of all divisions in the two-handed 2018 Melbourne Osaka marathon), and the Oatley family’s pedigree RP66 Wild Oats X, which finished second overall in last year’s race to Hobart and is a multiple Sydney Gold Coast line-honours victor, are some of the front runners.
Spurred by Ian ‘Barney’ Walker from Melbourne, Gotze took over running what was once Alan Brierty’s Limit before it went overseas in the late 2000s and returned in 2018 with Victorian owner Hugh Ellis. Ellis handled the hard work of bringing the 63-footer back to Australia from the United States last year, naming it Voodoo and finishing third on corrected time behind second placed Wild Oats X in the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart.
“We’d looked at the boat for a while then the opportunity arose to buy it locally and we jumped,” Gotze said. “It’s been well campaigned and looked after by Ellis and sailing master David Allen who will stay on with the program. The run to the Gold Coast with Chinese Whisper should be really fun!”
SYDNEY MEDIA NOTE: Media are invited to attend Saturday’s race start on Sydney Harbour. Race-start media-boat positions, however, are strictly limited. Please email Hamish Hardy – firstname.lastname@example.org by COB Wednesday to RSVP.
GOLD COAST MEDIA NOTE: Media are invited to attend line-honours finish – date/time TBC (possibly Monday afternoon/evening). Positions, however, are strictly limited. Please contact SYC’s Virginia Riddle-Cross to confirm your interest – email@example.com or ph (07) 5591 3500