Countdown begins to legendary Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore Series

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  • By Ross Macdonald
  • 08 Jun 2018 18:30:00
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The Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore series, Australia’s toughest ocean racing challenge, is just 50 days away.

The series, made up of six major races and run by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, culminates in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

The series is compiled of the following events:

  • Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, commencing Saturday 28 July
  • Flinders Islet Yacht Race, commencing Saturday 15 September
  • Newcastle Bass Island Yacht Race, commencing Friday 12 October
  • Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Race, commencing Friday 9 November
  • Bird Island Yacht Race, commencing Saturday 1 December
  • Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, commencing Wednesday 26 December

CYCA Commodore John Markos says the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore series is one of Australian sailing’s greatest prizes.

“The Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore series is a truly great challenge,” Markos says.

“The series pits the best yachts and the best sailors and skippers against one another, on some of the world’s most challenging journeys, including on the legendary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

“The legendary Blue Water series – a truly blue-ribbon series of events – is not to be missed.”

Last year Tony Kirby and his yacht Patrice won the Blue Water Championship but will again be challenged by the likes of Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban, Shane Kearns’ Komatsu Azzurro and newcomer and rookie of the year Zoe Taylor on Grace O’Malley.

Winners of annual Blue Water Ocean Racer of the Year awards comprise some of sailing’s greatest names, including Bob Steel, Syd Fischer, Matt Allen and more, highlighting the value of the Blue Water Pointscore series as a breeding ground for sailing development.

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