The Course

The Course

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.

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.