About the Blue Water Pointscore
Arguably the four most prestigious of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s pointscores, the Audi Centre Sydney Blue Water Pointscore, Tasman Performance Series, Cape Byron Pointscore and Bass & Flinders Series consist of six races that commences with the Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race on 25 July 2020 and will finish with the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on 26 December 2020.
The Pointscore consists of races which vary of a day-long sprint all the way up to 628 nautical miles of hardcore ocean racing.
Race 1 - Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race (25 July 2020)
Traditionally held on the last Saturday in July, the Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race is the opening race of the Audi Centre Sydney Bluewater Pointscore Series. This 384nm northern escapade is the second-longest race of the ACSBWPS calendar and enjoys great participation from both CYCA competitors and interstate rivals.
Race 2 - Flinders Islet Race (19 September 2020)
The Flinders Islet race is a 90nm race conducted in September. The race starts on a Saturday morning near Point Piper on Sydney Harbour. The fleet proceeds out Sydney Heads and tracks south down the coast to round Flinders Islet, approximately 1nm east off Port Kembla Harbour, Wollongong, before returning to finish in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney Harbour.
Race 3 - Newcastle Bass Island Race (16 October 2020)
The third race of the Blue Water Pointscore is the 215nm Newcastle Bass Island Race, which is used by some competitors as a qualifying race to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Starting on a Friday evening in October, the competitors race out of the Harbour heading north to a rounding mark 2nm north east of Nobbys Head. The fleet then races south to Bass Island, just south of Flinders Islet off Wollongong, before making their way back north to the finish line in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney Harbour.
Race 4 - Cabbage Tree Island Race (6 November 2020)
The 174nm Cabbage Tree Island Race is the club’s third most popular Blue Water Race. Attracting more than 40 competitors each year, many Rolex Sydney Hobart competitors use this race to qualify to enter and as crew training, as it is the last big race before the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
The race starts on a Friday evening in November near Point Piper. The fleet then heads north to Cabbage Tree Island (just north of Port Stephens) and returns to finish in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney Harbour.
Race 5 - Bird Island Race (5 December 2020)
The 86nm Bird Island Race is held on the first Saturday in December and is the last Blue Water Pointscore race before the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. With a morning start, competitors sail from Sydney Harbour to Bird Islet (approximately 3nm north east of Norah Head), before returning to Sydney Harbour to finish.
Race 6 - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (26 December 2020)
The 628-nautical-mile Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of Australia's summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Open tennis and the Boxing Day cricket test. No regular annual yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage than does the start on Sydney Harbour.
A solid Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race result is crucial to placing in this series as it is a non-discardable race. Other races included are the Bird Island Race, Flinders Island Race, Cabbage Tree Island Race and Newcastle Bass Island Race.