Helly Hansen jumps aboard SSORC Series entries close Friday

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Leading water sports and technical apparel supplier, Helly Hansen, is pleased to join the Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC) as the major sponsor of the 35th Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship in 2012 which has again attracted some of the best yachts and sailors from around Australia, and with entries closing this Friday evening, prospective entrants need to act fast.

Among those coming to take on the locals in the pre-Hobart hit out in the Premier IRC and ORci series to be held on 24 and 25 November, are: Rob Hanna’s TP52 Shogun (Vic), defending Blue Water Pointscore Series champion, Victoire, the Beneteau 45 of Darryl Hodgkinson and sistership, Paul Clitheroe’s Balance, which was third in last year’s SSORC. 

The local fancies so far entered are last year’s Division 3 winner and former Audi IRC Australian champion Peter Sorensen and his Sydney 36 CR, Philosopher’s Club, Ian Box’s brand new XP44, Toybox 2, Bob Cox’s DK46, Nine Dragons and Neat Eng Precision, John Anet’s Archambault 31.

Middle Harbour Yacht Club has introduced the Beneteau First 40 Championship to the SSORC this year; the first to be held in the class, in which the inaugural winner will be crowned.

Heading the field is Robbo Robertson’s Beneteau First 40, Lunchtime Legend (Qld). Among his opposition are CYCA commodore Howard Piggott’s Flying Cloud and Philip Dash’s Just a Dash from MHYC.

Craig Ryan, GM for Helly Hansen Australia, commented: “With the success of the SSORC in 2011 we look forward to once  again being a major sponsor of one of Australia’s premier yacht racing championships which has become the ‘pre-cursor’ to the summer racing circuit and the fabled Sydney Hobart.”

Entries are shaping up nicely for the exciting Seven Islands Race on November 24, which takes the yachts from a pursuit style start at MHYC to various islands around Sydney Harbour and return.

Sailing legend from the 1970’s and a past MHYC commodore Tig Thomas, is no less competitive than he was 35 years ago. The 85 year-old will be on the start line with his Carter 33, Highland Ghost and will take on some more modern boats sailed by younger crews.

Back by popular demand is MHYC’s fabled post-race beach party and live entertainment after sailing on Saturday 24 November. Don’t miss it!

Entries close Friday 16th November, 2012 at 2400hrs.

To download the Notice of Race and to enter online, visit the event website at: www.ssorc.mhyc.com.au 

Helly Hansen is offering participants of the SSORC and the extended yachting community 20% off their latest range of Helly Hansen Sailing Gear at the Chatswood brand store (345 Victoria Ave) or online at www.hellyhansen.com.au Please click on the picture below to see these great offers.

Di Pearson, MHYC Media

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 November 2012 )