Date(s) - Sunday, 16 May
Championship Race 5
The Pearl Challenge was established in 2011 to be a companion event to the Fairway Challenge and caters primarily for trailerable and sports boats. The event also caters for mixed monohull keelboats and multi-hulls in separate racing divisions.
The Pearl Challenge is a Category 5N event which follows the Fairway Challenge outbound course within Moreton Bay but returns via the Pearl Channel after rounding the main shipping channel mark M3. The course then traverses Moreton Bay southward to the South West Spit (Pearl Channel) red buoy then to the finish within Deception Bay in similar fashion to the Fairway Challenge.
In February 2016 on the scheduled event day weather conditions were severe. Although the Fairway Challenge was run with a modified start arrangement, the Pearl Challenge event was abandoned. The re-scheduled event was held in May 2016 with a modified start north of the Scarborough Harbour entrance. The revised start arrangement proved successful as did the entire ‘stand-alone’ event resulting in the members deciding the Pearl Challenge would in future follow the revised format and be scheduled for mid-year in weather conditions more favourable to trailerable and sports boats.
The course is roughly 40 nautical miles in mark to mark distance and is an open invitation to all Australian Sailing affiliated sailing clubs in SE Queensland.
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