SOME would say there's no better way to start the New Year than turn left at Barrenjoey and compete in the race dubbed "The Warm Water Classic".
The first race of the 2013 Pittwater and Coffs Harbour regatta, The Pittwater to Coffs Harbour yacht race, will start on January 2, hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.
With the commencement of the online entry system a couple of weeks ago, several entries have now been received with plenty more expected in the coming weeks.
The 32nd Pittwater to Coffs race is part of the RPAYC's six race Blue Water Series.
The regatta attracts racing enthusiasts from a broad base of yacht clubs across Australia.
It also attracts a mix of experienced offshore sailors, youth and newcomers to the sport of ocean racing due to its desirable distance, destination and spirit of the competition.
The races in Coffs, over consecutive days, also provide the opportunity for competitors and their families to have a bit of a holiday.
Racing commences at 1pm on the January 2 with the category two Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Race with the regatta continuing off the Coffs coast with a combination of up to four windward leeward and passage races, open to Category Four yachts over two days on January 5-6.
The 10-year Pittwater to Coffs race record is held by Bob Oatley's Wild Oats IX set in 2003 in a time of 18 hours 29 minutes and 14 seconds and with the right conditions, it could easily be eclipsed.
The 2013 regatta will also host the second annual Australian PHS Championships, won in 2012 by the Coffs Harbour-based Sydney 41 B52 owned and skippered by Paul d'Olier.
The close of entries is Friday, December 7.
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