Entries are now closed for the re-introduced 2018 PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race. With the race starting in under 30 days the final preparations are taking place to make sure that all the boats and equipment are not only ready for the start, but also equipment which will be sent to meet the fleet when they arrive in Noumea.
The race has had a 25 year absence from the ocean racing scheme and a record which has been standing for 27 years. The record of 5 days 20hours four mins was set by George Snow’s Brindabella, but with many technology advances since then there will be many who are looking to lay their claim on what is one of the premier races on the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s calendar.
25 entries were confirmed for the start of the race with boats ranging from Komatzu Azzura the smallest boat at 34 feet, all the way up to Eve a 65 foot Swan. Unfortunately Papillon has had to withdraw from the race after the entries had closed due to unforeseen circumstances. This means that the current race entrants stands at 24 boats.
With such a diverse range of boats and a new race course on which to battle the possibility of winning is open to all.
The full list of entrants with details about the boats can be viewed on ‘The Yachts’ page on the race website.