New­port to Coffs Coast yacht race ready to roll

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - FRONT PAGE - BRAD GREEN­SHIELDS­shields@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­

IT’S been dubbed “the best lit­tle yacht race on the east coast of Aus­tralia” and the race to Coffs Har­bour is of­fi­cially on again.

The Pan­tae­nius New­port to Coffs yacht race will be­gin on De­cem­ber 27 and race di­rec­tor Rob Brown said this year’s run from Bar­ren­joey Head­land to Coffs Har­bour’s Jetty promised to be big­ger than last year.

“We ex­pect to see quite a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in num­bers this year,” Brown said.

“Last year we only had four and a half to five months be­fore the race to pro­mote and plan for it, but now we’ve got a full year to re­ally pro­mote it and give the race some ex­po­sure to at­tract a larger fleet of entries.”

Brown, from host Royal Mo­tor Yacht Club Bro­ken Bay, was in Port Stephens on the week­end with Coffs Har­bour Yacht Club Com­modore Gary Innes to pro­mote the 230 nau­ti­cal mile race among that area’s sailors in a bid to at­tract some added in­ter­est.

The race’s rep­u­ta­tion as a great lit­tle race is the strength race or­gan­is­ers like Brown and Innes can fall back on.

“Over­whelm­ingly the com­ments I get is that every­one loves the race,” Brown said.

“It’s a short to medium race de­pend­ing on the weather and it’s at the right time of year be­tween Christ­mas and New Year.

“On top of that, Coffs Har­bour is a great des­ti­na­tion to take your fam­ily, friends and sup­port­ers, and you’ve still got time af­ter the race to do what you want for New Year’s.”

For the sec­ond year in a row, yacht in­sur­ance com­pany Pan­tae­nius has come on board as the event’s ma­jor spon­sor.

Brown said hav­ing that sup­port locked away early was a bonus.

“A lot of this ob­vi­ously de­pends on fi­nan­cial sup­port and Pan­tae­nius has come back as the nam­ing rights spon­sor,” he said.

“To get all the play­ers in­volved, like the Coffs Har­bour City Coun­cil and the busi­ness com­mu­nity up there, means there’s a lot of ex­po­sure for the Coffs Coast re­gion.”

GREAT LIT­TLE RACE: The crew of About Time are plan­ning to de­fend their line hon­ours win in the next edi­tion of the Pan­tae­nius New­port to Coffs Coast yacht race, start­ing on De­cem­ber 27.

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