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Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race 2016

This year is the 31st running of the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race #‎LANDROVERSGC‬. The race starts tomorrow, Saturday, 30 July, on Sydney Harbour at 1pm and Sailors with disABILITIES will be racing with a full crew of people with disabilities and able-bodied people on WOT EVA. Follow SWD hourly photos and video updates from the boat at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

SWD's usual yacht tracker is on board Kayle for the Northern Campaign. If you want to track WOT EVA during the race, go to this link

Sailors with disABILITIES crew line up includes:

  • George Johnstone
  • Phillip Walker
  • John Whitfeld
  • Josh Thatcher
  • Craig Simpson
  • Enrico Mustillo
  • Paul Bulley
  • Anne Lawrence
  • David Pescud
  • Bridget Canham
  • Brett Whiteley
  • Greg Pugh
  • Mike Nicholls
  • Ryan Honschooten


According to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the Landrover Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race organisers, the weather conditions will be a challenge.

"Jane Golding, Acting Regional Director NSW, Bureau of Meteorology, advised skippers f the 75 participating boats in the 2016 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race of a weak 5-7 southerly start to the 384 nautical mile race at last night’s briefing at race headquarters, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

From 4pm on Saturday, the breeze is expected to shift to the south/south-east at 5 knots, backing to the north-east and then north/north-west or north/north east, on a southerly swell the entire race, all the while under cloudy skies and potential showers.

Currently, the rest of the race will be a mix of light to moderate conditions inshore, with more pressure of up to 20 knots offshore at various stages. It will place a lot of pressure on tacticians and navigators, according to Wild Oats XI’s international navigator, Juan Vila.

“It will be a little hard tactically, as you will have to consider the tide as well. We will have to balance the tide against wind speed, but it will be the same for everyone,” says Vila who like all yachting fans, says he is looking forward to seeing how they stack up against Scallywag, the other super maxi in the fleet."

On WOT EVA last October



Greg Pugh, who lives with MS, is racing again in the Landrover Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race.

Racing with SWD (S2H)

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