A fleet of 45 yachts started in the 31st Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race off Barrenjoey Headland. Dubbed as the “warm water classic”, the first offshore race of the New Year commenced with 15 knot Nor’ Easters and a one metre swell in pristine conditions. In the skippers briefing Michael Logan from BOM delivered the weather forecast for the 1pm start, predicting 20 knots in the late afternoon and early evening before softening to a light ENE in the early hours of Tuesday as the fleet make their way up the mid north coast of Australia before strengthening again in the afternoon as the front runners make their way to the finish in Coffs Harbour.
Line honours favourite for the 226nm Cat Two race, Craig Ellis’ Elliot 57, ‘Future Shock’ leaped off to a flying start leading the fleet past “Cape Three Points”. Having placed fourth in 2010 and with the absence of ‘Wild Oats’ and the TP52s this year, ‘Future Shock" will be hard to beat to take home the coveted Coffs Harbour Bell Trophy.
Nicole Scott was on hand to capture the start and the flying green men as they headed offshore.