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Audi Winter Series.


The popular Audi Winter Series began in its current format in the 1950s and has increased over the years to become Australia's largest ongoing series, with fleets averaging 140-plus boats last year. The series commences each year with the traditional Ladies Day and Great Veterans Race, followed by the pointscore races and concluding with the final Ladies Day Race before many of the boats head north in the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race.

There will again be no non-pointscore races other than the opening and closing Ladies day events on 26th April and 19th July, turning the pointscore into an 11 race series, but an additional race may be dropped. There will also be the ability to postpone the starts if necessary to enable the breezes to fill in.


The Great Veterans Race, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's annual tribute to those classic Sydney Hobart Yacht Race yachts that sailed south in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, will be held on Sunday 26 April 2009 to mark the opening of the Audi Winter Series.

The Great Veterans Race is open for entry to yachts that have competed in a Sydney Hobart Race and are over 30 years of age. The race is a nonspinnaker race, sailed in a relaxed atmosphere, around the harbour. The CYCA is now seeking entries from owners of eligible yachts to compete in this year s race for the historic Windward Trophy and to join the regular competitors on the opening day of the Audi Winter Series on Sydney Harbour.


The Ladies Day Race which will be part of the Freedom from MS Regatta to raise awareness of MS and research funds. Yacht owners are encouraged to allow two to five participants onboard for the race. Visit or download the entry form and information from the CYCA website.

The Audi Winter Series pointscore starts the following Sunday 3 May, with 11 pointscore races for eight spinnaker, two non-spinnaker and a Sydney 38OD division.

Yachts already entered to compete in the Audi Winter Series include last year's Division A second place Dick Cawse's Vanguard, Winter Series stalwart Bernie Van Hof't's Tulip, Anthony Dunn's Equinox, winner of Division D (2008), and The SubZero Goat owned by Clayton, Foye, Gordon & Peckman, second in the Sydney 38 One Design Division in 2008.

Every Sunday morning, crews can enjoy a freshly cooked breakfast and piping hot coffee from the Breakfast Club volunteers, or from the deck, before heading onto the water in one of the 11 proposed divisions, including two non-spinnaker, and a Sydney 38OD division.

As well as great Line 7 gear for the top three in each division, all the divisional placegetters go into the draw for the chance to drive a brand new luxury Audi A6 for the week.

Owners interested in entering the Great Veterans Race, participating in the MS Regatta Ladies Day Event or the Audi Winter Series should contact the CYCA Sailing Office on 02 8292 7800 or by email

The Audi Winter Series Launch Cocktail party will be conducted at the CYCA on Tuesday 7 April from 6.30pm to 8.30pm for all owners, skippers and crew participating in the Audi Winter Series 2009.


Start Date: Sunday 26 April (Ladies Day and Great Veterans Race), Sunday 3 May (race 1)

Host Club: CYCA

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Title Annotation:Race & Regatta Preview
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Date:Apr 1, 2009
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