IRC Rating1.067IRC Cert and IRC Date: 37475 17//2/09/0
ORC Int Inshore/Offshore:1.0202 1.0302ORC Cert and ORC Date: 2736 30/06/2017
ORC Club Inshore/offshore:1.0202 1.0302ORC Cert and ORC Date: 2736 30/06/2017
Ausreo gets Gong at Landrover Sydney to Goldcoast Race
Ian Creak has had his best result yet in the blue water classic Sydney to Gold Coast Race for 2017. Ausreo came in 1st in IRC Div 3 and second overall out of a fleet of 56 yachts.
The race was a great tactical race, with the boats leaving Sydney on Saturday 29th July in light winds from the northeast, unusual for this time of the year.
The race, over 384-nautical miles, is a prestigious race of the Blue Water Pointscore that culminates in the Hobart.
After a couple of years making improvements to the boat, a Beneteau 47.7 cruiser, Ian had the right combination of crew, gear and tactics for this years race.
Andrew Lelliott acted as navigator and tactician and the course north involved picking a route far enough to sea the get the fresher winds, but not so far as to hit the infamous East Australian Current. Ausreo took a long beat to the northeast until just north of Taree when the wind freshened and shifted more to the north. Throwing a number of tacks back towards the coast, they took advantage of the freshening breeze. By about South West Rocks the wind started to shift east again, and so they tacked back to the coast and got a long lift up towards Coffs.
From here the breeze was on the nose, so to keep out of the current they tacked closer to the coast until, north of Yamba the longed-for southerly arrived.