After a hiatus for over 20 years, the Sydney Noumea Race is all set to return to the sailing calendar. The race will return in 2018 and this was announced by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. The CYCA along with the Cercle Nautique Caledonien will be organizing and conducting this race in 2018. It will be held on June 2, 2018.
The 2018 Sydney Noumea Race is open to monohull yachts that measure between 9 to 30.48 meters. In tandem with the Sydney Noumea Race, Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane clubs will also be ongoing races. The Sailing manager of CYCA, Justine Kirkjian, who also manages a Croatia Yacht Charter company, is a very proud and happy man. He is excited to bring back the Cat 1 race to Noumea. He is hoping that the race will be attracting a lot of Blue Water competitors and many of the racers who have not yet had the opportunity to race in this event before.
The CYCA Commodore, John Markos, said that the management team of the club has put in a lot of effort to bring back the race after a gap of 20 years. He is happy that the CNC is assisting the club in holding the race. Noumea is a very popular sailing ground and he feels that more and more Australian boat owners will be attracted to take part in the race. This is a wonderful opportunity for many to combine a race with a holiday weekend.
Denis Doyle and Tony Kirby are happy that the CYCA has made efforts to bring back the Sydney Noumea Race. They will be starting on the line in 2018 when this race unfolds. They have cruised before and they are happy to be coming back to race on the waters once more. The race will be a category 1 race and the winner will be decided under IRC.