Several of the TP 52 contingent have confirmed they'll be racing, while Bob Cox and his crew aboard the DK 4.6 Nine Dragons representing MHYC, will be looking to extend their winning form from the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta
earlier in the year where they dominated IRC Division 2.
Early March is the time when many of Sydney's clubs cooperate for the city's main regatta, the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta
run by the Middle Harbour Yacht Club, which allows everyone to see the top Grand Prix boats battle it out in closely confined waters.
He has come away with some great results: winning overall the IRC Passage at the 2009 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; second in the 2009 Rolex Trophy Series; first in IRC Division 2 at the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta
2010 and second in the CYCA's 2009/2010 Ocean Pointscore Series.
With her original owner, the yacht won Class B in the 2011 Audi IRC Australian Championship after a third place at Audi Victoria Week, second at the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta
, and divisional wins in the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and Hamilton Island Race Week.
After the 2010 Hobart, the Audi IRC Australian Championships started off in Geelong, so we did that and came third and then we got second in the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta
. Then we came first in the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race so that set us up to win the Audi IRC Australian Championship.
2011 has been another great year for Victoire - she claimed the Class B win in the Audi IRC Australian Championships after a third place in Audi Victoria Week, second in the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta
, and firsts in division in the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and Hamilton island Race week.
Back in Sydney, they won the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta
Marcus Blackmore's TP52 Hooligan holds a three-point lead over the defending Audi IRC Australian champion Stephen Ainsworth's Reichel/Pugh 63 Loki after two events in the Championship--Audi Victoria Week and Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta
. Victorian Michael Hiatt's Farr 55 Living Doll is a further two points adrift and the CYCA anticipates entries from all three yachts.
In the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta
conducted last month, the club was strongly represented.
March in Sydney is just as capable of producing balmy summer-like conditions as it is a positively autumnal chill, and true to form the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta
managed to contain both extremes across its three-day sailing program, from 4 to 7 March.
The 384 nautical mile race is the third of the four-part Audi IRC Australian Championship with two brand new small yachts, Harvey Milne's Archambault 31 Aroona and Peter Horn's King 40 Canute, in a tight struggle at the top of the leaderboard following the first two rounds, Audi Victoria Week and Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta
* In the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta
, Steven Ainsworth's Loki won IRC, Paul Clitheroe and his crew onboard Balance won IRC Division 2, and David Pescud and his crew on Sailors with Disabilities won PHS Division O