Land Rover Winter Series

Land Rover Winter Series

Land Rover Winter Series

The popular Land Rover Winter Series began in its current format in the 1949 and has increased over the years to become Australia's largest ongoing series, with fleets averaging 140+ boats last year.

The Land Rover Winter Series commences each year with the traditional Ladies Day and Great Veteran's Race , followed by the pointscore races and concluding with the final Ladies Day Race before many of the boats head north in the Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race.

The Land Rover Winter Series 2016 will include ten pointscore races which are book-ended by the increasingly popular opening and closing Ladies day non-pointscore races. The Opening Jill McLay Ladies Day race will take place on April 24, whilst the Chris Lee Closing Ladies Day race taking place on July 17. The Land Rover Winter Series pointscore commences on Sunday 1 May.

This year, the Ladies Pointscore Series will be contested over three races. Starting with the Opening Ladies Day race on April 24, a second Ladies Day race on the Queens Birthday Weekend (June 12), and concluding with the Closing Ladies Day race on 17 July. The winner will be the yacht that is best placed after the three races.

The Great Veterans Race is now open to boats over 30 years old which have competed in a Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (formerly those built before 1970). Entry for the Great Veterans Race is also available online.

Every Sunday morning, crews can enjoy a freshly cooked breakfast and piping hot coffee from the Breakfast Club volunteers, or from the deck, before heading onto the water in one of the 12 proposed divisions, including three non-spinnaker and a Sydney 38 One Design Class (if sufficient entries are received).

Sydney Harbour is the best place to be on a Winter Sunday, but it's equally pleasant back at the Clubhouse where the weekly prizegiving is held. Spending time in the Sydney Hobart Bar or Coaster's Retreat and enjoying the caterer's quality snacks and main meals also complement the day's racing.

Entries are now available online with skippers able to lodge casual entry online on a week to week basis.

2016 Land Rover Winter Series Calendar

APRIL 24        OPENING LADIES DAY (JILL McLAY TROPHY) – LADIES RACE 1

                    GREAT VETERANS RACE (WINDWARD TROPHY)

MAY 1           LAND ROVER WINTER SERIES – RACE 1   

MAY 8           LAND ROVER WINTER SERIES – RACE 2    

MAY 15          LAND ROVER WINTER SERIES – RACE 3

MAY 22          LAND ROVER WINTER SERIES – RACE 4

MAY 29          LAND ROVER WINTER SERIES – RACE 5

JUNE 5          LAND ROVER WINTER SERIES – RACE 6

JUNE 12         LADIES DAY - RACE 2

JUNE 19        LAND ROVER WINTER SERIES – RACE 7

JUNE 26        LAND ROVER  WINTER SERIES – RACE 8

JULY 3          LAND ROVER  WINTER SERIES – RACE 9

JULY 10         LAND ROVER WINTER SERIES – RACE 10

JULY 17         CLOSING LADIES DAY – LADIES RACE 3 (CHRIS LEE TROPHY)             

JULY 22          (Fri) LAND ROVER WINTER SERIES PRIZEGIVING

Dick Cawse's Lyons/Cawse 60 Vanguard, Audi Winter Series 2010 Division A Winner Image: Howard Wright Image Professional Photography

Dick Cawse's Lyons/Cawse 60 Vanguard, Audi Winter Series 2010 Division A Winner