Wild Oats and Loyal to duel in Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race

THE NOTICE of Race has been released for July’s Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race.

The rivalry between super maxis Wild Oats XI and Perpetual LOYAL for line honours glory is set to take centre stage once again when the yachts set sail from Sydney Harbour on July 26.

The dueling super maxis met twice last year and both times Oats triumphed but not before Perpetual LOYAL stood up for attention.


In the Sydney Hobart, Wild Oats XI secured her seventh line honours victory – but not before Perpetual LOYAL had taken the lead on the first night and into the early morning of the 27th December.

Neither Wild Oats XI or Perpetual LOYAL have raced since Hobart.

“We’ve made no major changes to the boat since Hobart, just some minor tweaks aimed at getting maximum performance,” Mark Richards, skipper of Wild Oats XI said. “We’re looking forward to whatever this race will throw at us.”

Some of the other 70-plus yachts expected to compete in the annual pilgrimage north include: Brindabella, Victoire, Ichi Ban and Southern Excellence II.

The race, which concludes at Main Beach, was first sailed in 1986 following the construction of the $40 million Gold Coast seaway, which opened the sheltered waters of Southport’s Broadwater and other coastal waterways to the open sea.

The 384 nautical mile Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race heralds the commencement of the CYCA’s prestigious Blue Water Pointscore Series (BWPS) – a six-race series with the champion to be crowned at the conclusion of the 628 nautical-mile Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.