As an offshore race, the 384 nautical mile Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race is a demanding event, requiring experienced helming skills, particularly in the hard running conditions sometimes experienced at this time of the year, first class sail handling and good tactical navigation decisions.
- The fleet reaches South Head
- The crew of Wild Thing
- Brindabella relishing the strong breeze and heading offshore to find more, 2012 Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race
Apart from variable winds, in direction and strength, the East Australian Current plays a significant role in decision making as the yachts sail up the NSW North Coast to the Gold Coast of Southern Queensland. At times, it is very much a "rock-hopping" race as yachts hug the coast to avoid the southerly current.