"I saw this as an opportunity for people to design boats, within their price range, that are capable of winning a length overall-based line honours trophy," said Langman, owner of Noakes Boatyard.
His shipwrights will handcraft three timber and carbon fibre perpetual trophies for first over the line in the 40, 50 and 60 foot and under categories. These trophies will be presented in addition to the Open line honours trophy that has always been awarded to the first yacht over the line.
Sean also intends to craft and donate similar trophies for the CYCA's Sydney Mooloolaba Yacht Race.
Following on from the recent presentation by Rod Skellet to the CYCA of the 'Battery Point' trophy for the fastest elapsed time for a small boat in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, is the announcement that small boats competing in this year's Sydney Gold Coast Race will also receive more recognition for their efforts.
The 'Main Beach Trophy', named by Skellet after the finish point for the 384 nautical mile curtain opener for the Queensland winter racing circuit, is being specially commissioned by the CYCA to add to the prestige of competing for boats 34 feet and under.
Two major 'Main Beach' trophy contenders, Rod Skellet's Young 31 Krakatoa and James and Jenny Neill's Super 30 Cone of Silence will be absent from the starting line-up as the first completes the gruelling Transpacific Race and the latter makes its way back to Australia having been forced to retire from the 2,225 race with structural damage just three days in.
This leaves the Queensland Mumm 30 Enigma (Stewart Lewis) and Anthony Paterson's Lake Macquarie-based Mumm 30 Tow Truck as the favourites for this new perpetual trophy.
As well as four new trophies, there have been some technical changes introduced for this year's Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, which starts in Sydney Harbour on Saturday July 26 at 1.00pm. It will be the first Australian offshore race to incorporate the
International Technical Committee's recommendation to the Ocean Racing Council that water ballast be included in the IMS handicap system. This recommendation also included an increase in the required stability index for boats carrying water ballast from 110 to 115 degrees for the Sydney Gold Coast Race.
Embracing this international recommendation allows CYCA members and other owners with boats with water ballast to participate in the Club's IMS Blue Water championship as well as the IRC Cape Byron series.
The upper speed limit for yachts competing has also been increased in IRC from 1.6 to a TCC no greater than 1.610 and in IMS, an offshore TMF (adjusted for any age allowance) certificate no greater than 1.4286.