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The 2023 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Prizegiving

The 2023 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Prizegiving

The 2023 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Prizegiving yesterday brought the race week to a fitting close. Competitors came together at Southport Yacht Club to celebrate the many divisional winners & placegetters & were extremely warm in their appreciation of the crews that had triumphed in what had been a challenging trip north. Thanks again to the staff & volunteers that made the race possible & to Noakes Group & Audi Centre Sydney for their continued support.

2023 Results 

Overall Winner - Peter Rysdyk Memorial Trophy 

1st – URM Group (Anthony Johnston) 


IRC Overall 

1st – URM Group (Anthony Johnston) 

2nd - Popeye (Craig Douglas) 

3rd – Tempo (Michael Smith) 


Division 0 IRC 

1st - URM Group (Anthony Johnston) 

2nd - Smuggler (Sebastian Bohm) 

3rd - Andoo Comanche (John Winning Jr) 


Division 1 IRC 

1st – Tempo (Michael Smith) 

2nd – Calibre 12 (Richard Williams) 

3rd – Pretty Woman (Richard Hudson) 


Division 2 IRC 

1st - Popeye (Craig Douglas) 

2nd – Mistral TH (Rupert Henry) 

3rd - Ginan (Nigel Jones and Cam Mackensie) 


Division 3 IRC  

1st – Philosopher (David Henry) Two Handed (TH) 

2nd - Verite (Paul Beath) 

3rd – Rum Rebellion (Shane Connelly) (TH) 



1st - Mako (Paul O’Rourke) 

2nd - She’s the Culprit (Glen Picasso) 

3rd - Reve (Kevin Whelan) 


Division 4 – Two-Handed IRC 

1st – Philosopher (David Henry & Stephen Prince) (TH) 

2nd - Mistral (Rupert Henry, Greg O’Shea) (TH) 

3rd – Rum Rebellion (Shane Connelly, and Andrew Downing) (TH) 


Corinthian IRC  

1st - Philosopher (David Henry) (TH) 

2nd - Calibre 12 (Richard Williams) 

3rd - Mistral (Rupert Henry) (TH)              


Corinthian PHS  

1st - Calibre 12 (Richard Williams) 

2nd – Ausreo (Ian Creak) 

3rd - Pretty Woman (Richard Hudson) 


Line Honours 

1st - Andoo Comanche (John Winning Jr)                            

2nd – URM Group (Anthony Johnston) 

3rd - Whisper (David Griffith) 

With only two withdrawals, a fleet of 55 boats arrived safely and smoothly at the finish off Main Beach, to celebrate with teammates and competitors and enjoy the warm hospitality of race finish partner Southport Yacht Club. Commodore Arthur Lane, from race organiser Cruising Yacht Club of Australia declared the race, a terrific success. “The Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race is an annual event which always provides a wonderful test of the physical and mental strength of our competitors. I would like to congratulate all sailors who took part in 2023 on an amazing effort.”