Sydney Noumea Yacht Race 2018: Congratulations to RBYC’s Cartouche

After a break of over 20 years, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has re-introduced the Sydney Noumea Yacht Race in 2018. The 1,064 nautical mile race has been run and won, with a Brighton boat, a rough start and a race record smashed.

RBYC member Steven Fahey and crew aboard his boat Cartouche lined up in this years event, with his son Nick Fahey supporting him as Sailing Master and fellow member Leeton Hulley navigating. Cartouche has sailed in many ocean races including Melbourne to Hobart, Melbourne to Vanuatu and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and jumped at the chance to be involved in the return of the Sydney Noumea Yacht Race.

Racing was delayed a day due to bad weather on the Saturday with the race getting underway on Sunday morning. Conditions were rough and windy coming out of the harbor and through the Sydney heads. 25-30 knots and a 4-5m sea state battered the fleet, with a couple taking damage and forced to retire. The wind eased after the first 24 hours with a manageable 15knot SSE meaning the now 20 boat fleet were on a comfortable broad reach for the majority of the journey to New Caledonia.

As the fleet closed in on Noumea, it was clear that the favorable conditions would see the majority of boats finishing within the previous record time. There was a drag race on between the top four boats, only separated by 6Nm within 300 of the finish. Winning that drag race was Michael Martin’s TP52 Frantic from Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club. Their line honours victory of 4 days, 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 34 seconds smashed the previous record by over 1 and a half days, held for 27 years. the comprehensive handicap victory went to Sebastian Bohm’s Smuggler from CYCA, winning every division after crossing 3rd.

Steven and crew of Cartouche, finished 10th over the line, a little over 5 days 8 hours and 50 minutes, also within the previous race record. They finished 8th on IRC overall and 4th in division 2. Congratulations to Steven and the whole crew of Cartouche on a great achievement and well raced regatta!

For full results of the Sydney Noumea Yacht Race 2018 – click here