Elliott News

Future Shock line Honours iPittwater to Coffs

08 Jan 2012

The Elliott 57 Future Shock has won line and overall handicap honours in the 2012 Pittwater to Coffs Harbour yacht race. Crossing the line in a time of 35hrs 53mins 09 secs, 11 nautical miles in front of Volvo 60 Spirit of the Maid. 

After a long and tough race, and having been forced to retire early last year when sailing shorthanded, the victory was sweet for the skipper and crew who toiled hard in the stiff upwind conditions for the majority of the race. Owner / skipper Craig Ellis, from the CYCA, commented after the race "That was the most tactical race I've done in 15 years of sailing this race. Not once did we ease the headsail, it was always hard on the breeze from the start to the finish line. Tactically, we had to stay inshore and hug the coast as the current was running at three knots, so we had to keep the boat in and keep tacking." Ellis praised his crew for a magnificent effort saying "it's not easy taking line honours, it's even harder winning on handicap, so I am really proud of the effort by the crew and the boat to get us here in the quickest possible time in a very tough race. This is pretty special and I'm thrilled with this victory. It makes it all worthwhile. We look forward to doing it all again next year." Further details http://www.pittwatertocoffs.com.au/news/192-future-shock-takes-out-line-honours-in-the-2012-pittwater-to-coffs-race- Photo by Gavin Ward