Australia. New and exciting blue water yacht racing challenge.

Wednesday, 05 December 2012


The AUDI Centre Sunshine Coast, Oceanburo Performance Sailing and the Mooloolaba Yacht Club have combined to officially launch a new and exciting blue water yacht racing challenge.

They have released the expression of interest documents which have set the weekend of October 5-6 for what promises to attract a very strong fleet including a number of high profile interstate yachts returning from the 2013 AUDI Hamilton Island Race Week.

Mooloolaba already well recognised among Australia’s best ocean racing destinations has a long history associated with the sport including hosting the finish of the Sydney to Mooloolaba blue water classic and the SCOR (Sunshine Coast Ocean Racing) championship.

This enterprising new event officially launched under The Mooloolaba Yacht Club burgee as the Mooloolaba 200 promises to become a signature regatta offering a testing offshore racing format including a 200 nautical mile classic to be set over a tactically demanding course involving rounding marks at Laguna Bay (Noosa Heads), Wolf Rock (Double Island Point) and Flinders Reef (Moreton Island) with the start and finish line set off Mooloolaba’s Pt Cartwright.

The official Mooloolaba 200 notice of race documents will be available on March 1st while entries close at 5pm on October 3rd 2013.

Wisely the organising committee headed by dual Audi Australian Ocean racing champion Rod Jones and highly respected Mooloolaba Yacht Club skipper Gary McCarthy have expressed their experience to present an open format of racing for all classes including Multihulls, IRC and Performance Handicap rated yachts, Sports Boats, SB20 One Design and cruising class mono and multihull divisions.

 While the IRC handicap rated yachts and Performance Multihulls will compete over the long offshore race course for the Mooloolaba 200 class trophies the exciting SB 20 and Sports boat classes will contest the 40n/ml. Laguna Bay Challenge on Saturday October 5 followed by two windward leeward races off Mooloolaba Beach on Sunday October 6th.

As expected Rod Jones and his Audi A5 Heaven Can Wait crew and Gary McCarthy’s Brilliant Pearl crew have recorded the Mooloolaba 200 race in their respective diaries.

A entry is also expected from the Peter Harburg owned and Mark Bradford helmed 2012 Qantas Brisbane to Gladstone Race winner Black Jack while the popular Royal Geelong Yacht Club skipper Robert Hanna who generally races in all of Australia’s major regattas is expected to be interested in contesting the event with his TP52 Shogun.

Former Mooloolaba Yacht Club Commodore Bob Robertson is also expected to be a certain starter with Lunchtime Legend while an entry from Queensland’s fastest sports boats headed by the Mark Buchback skippered Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week champion Raptor promises to set a high standard of class racing.

By Ian Grant.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 December 2012 )