Due to the inclusion of a double handed division at the 2020 Sydney to Hobart along with a double handed event at the 2024 Olympics in France, Sandringham Yacht Club have been quick to change their Saturday racing program to encourage new and existing members to challenge themselves on Port Phillip Bay around the sticks, and help build a fleet.
The ORCV already allow their competitors to compete double-handed in any of their coastal and offshore races, however it is likely that they will be putting a lot more energy and focus on double-handed racing in the future and will be encouraging SYC members to take the next step to race outside Port Phillip Heads.
As a result, two SYC members decided to purchase a new Sun Fast 3300 last year, and join the new owner of the Sun Fast 3600 ‘Maverick’ for some club racing.
By September 2020, a third Sun Fast 3300 will be arriving at SYC for members Jade Cole and Barney Walker, who have recently teamed up to campaign for the 2024 Olympics.
But it’s not just in offshore sailing where short-handed racing is growing. The biggest double handed fleet in Australia is in Hobart where they run a winter short-handed series which has had 45 entries! And it is possible that due to COVID-19, the only racing that maybe allowed over the next 6-12 months, will be double handed.
One of the aspects that existing owners in Australia love about their Sun Fast’s, is that these designs are very stiff and balanced, so that you can get a really good level of performance without carrying a big compliment of crew.
As Jeanneau have built around 500 Sun Fast’s over the last 15 years, as they not only offer the best value-for-money of their type in the market, but the range continually achieves podium results on IRC in both short-handed and fully crewed events, so have well proven their diversity.
If interested in a closer look at the new Sun Fast 3300 at Sandringham Yacht Club, please contact Rohan Veal on 0414 538 959, otherwise we have a number of second hand race yachts set up for double-handed racing available for sale. Click here for more details…