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CYCA's shortwave for West Coaster.

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia member Matthew Short has entered his TP52 Shortwave in this year's WestCoaster race from Melbourne to Hobart, emulating two races he sailed with his father in the early 1970s.

Like those races, which were very much a family affair, Shortwave will be sailed by a large contingent of the Short family headed by Matthew and his wife, Christine, and their four keen sailing daughters Kylie, Nikki, Caitlin & Sarah Short.

Shortwave is a Judel Vrolijk designed TP52 with the addition of a bowsprit and in early August finished fourth over the line in 2008 Sydney-Gold Coast race, less than four minutes astern of Quantum Racing (Cookson 50), Quest (TP52) and Yendys (Reichel Pugh 55).

Race director Simon Dryden believes that if the weather is in her favour, Shockwave has the potential to break the race record of 1 day 23 hours and 14 minutes, set by Future Shock in 1996.

The 480 nautical mile Heemskirk Consolidated WestCoaster is one of three races the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria is running to Tasmania, starting together from Portsea, just inside Port Phillip Heads on 27 December.

The club has retained the one-off Heemskirk Consolidated EastCoaster Race held last year as part of the Rudder Cup centenary, while the third race is the Bass Strait overnight dash to Launceston, with the finish off Low Head at the mouth of the Tamar River.
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Title Annotation:Race and Regatta Preview; Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
Publication:Offshore Yachting
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Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Dec 1, 2008
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