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Fleet of 120 predicted For 20th Coffs Harbour Series

Following the success of last year's near-record fleet in the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Race, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is confidently predicting a record fleet of 120 yachts for the 20th Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race.

The Club has retained the January 2 start for the race to Coffs Harbour and has adopted "East Coast Race Week" as the new title for the 2000-2001 Pittwater and Coffs Harbour Offshore Series.

The RPAYC race committee has limited the number of entries in this summer's East Coast Race Week to 120 yachts. After last year's fleet of 112 yachts, officials are confident this year's series will be the biggest and best yet.

The Australian Yachting Federation has also nominated the Series as part of the selection program for the 2001 Admirals Cup in the Farr 40 One Design class. Up to a dozen Farr 40's are expected to compete for the chance to represent Australia in England. Race officials also expect around 10 of the Sydney 38 One Designs (which rate well under IRC) to compete in this year's East Coast Race Week.

Five races make up the East Coast Race Week series Races 1 and 2 will be 15 nautical mile windward/leeward courses on the Palm Beach Circle conducted on December 29 and 30, 2000.

As most competitors embraced the change of start dates last year, the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race, a 224 nautical mile ocean race, will start on the January 2, 2001.

The two remaining races will be conducted off Coffs Harbour and will start near Mutton Bird Island on January 5 and 6, 2001. The Solitary Island race will be a 20-miler around some of the most picturesque islands on the East Coast. Race 5 will be a 12 nautical mile windward/leeward. The fleet will be divided into IMS, PHS or JR 2000.
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Author:Campbell, Peter
Publication:Offshore Yachting
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Dec 1, 2000
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