Mick Martin’s Frantic is set to blow the previous Sydney Noumea Yacht Race fastest time apart, by a staggering one day 20 hours based on their current speed of 11 knots with 53 nautical miles to go.
One thousand nautical miles is behind the Newcastle TP52 and more importantly so are those who have traded first place with Frantic over the past three days. Marc and Louis Ryckmans’ GBP Yeah Baby and Tony Kirby’s Ker 46 Patrice both had their moments until the tradewinds freshened and Frantic found its groove.
Frantic is due to finish around midday on Thursday June 7, 2018 and GBP Yeah Baby an hour-and-a-half later.
Based on the sou’east tradewinds the fleet are currently in, 15 out of the 20-boat fleet that left Sydney on Sunday June 3, 2018 will come in under the record time of 5 days 21 hours 35 minutes set in 1991 by George Snow’s Farr 65 Brindabella.
The fleet can be continuously tracked via http://noumea.cyca.com.au/standings/ and regular updates are being posted on the CYCA’s social media channels.
French cruise company PONANT is the major supporter of the CYCA’s longest fully-crewed yacht race out of Australia.
PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race website
PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race fast facts:
Race start: Sunday June 3, 2018
Organising clubs: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and the Cercle Nautique Calédonien
Distance: 1064 nautical miles
Race record: Brindabella (1991) – 5 days 21 hours 35 minutes