The City of Sydney Cup is organised by CYCA on behalf of the Australia Day Regatta Inc. and forms the offshore component of Australia Day’s racing events. Together with inshore events run by RSYS, they form the Australia Day Regatta which is acclaimed as the oldest continuously-conducted annual sailing regatta in the world, having been held each year since 1837.
The City of Sydney Cup encompasses CYCA’s Ocean, Short Ocean, Short Haul, Short Haul Passage and Combined Pointscores and sends competitors south to Botany Bay before rounding a turning mark and heading home for the finish in Sydney Harbour.
The teams set off from Sydney Harbour in beautiful sunny and warm conditions at 1000hrs in a gentle 10-12 knot north-westerly. As the day grew hotter, the north-westerly grew gustier and created a fun but tricky racecourse for the 34 competitors. The forecast 25 knot north-easterly never quite eventuated though with the wind swinging slightly to the north and increasing to 15-18 knots.
It was Matt Donald and Chris Townsend’s TP52 Gweilo (CYCA) which made the most of the tricky conditions, claiming first place in a strong fleet. Second place went to Andy Offord’s Farr 400 Borderline (CYCA) and third went to Matt Hanning’s Beneteau First 53 Odin (CYCA).
Congratulations to all competitors, it is wonderful to have offshore racing back for 2021 after a difficult 2020!
The Short Ocean Pointscore will continue with this Saturday’s Short Ocean Race; The Ocean Pointscore returns with the Port Hacking Race Saturday 13 February; the Short Haul and Short Haul Passage pointscores return with the Sydney to Pittwater Race Saturday 20 February and the Combined Pointscore returns with the Short Ocean Race Saturday 27 February.
Ocean Pointscore results
Short Ocean Pointscore results
Short Haul Pointscore results
Short Haul Passage Pointscore results
Combined Pointscore results