The Festival of Sails 2019 has its first entry in Hugh Ellis’ Reichel/Pugh 63 called Voodoo, which last campaigned the popular Geelong regatta in 2009 as Limit and now sails for the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria.
Within an hour of the Notice of Race going live, organising authority the Royal Geelong Yacht Club had its first entry, and the club is delighted a Victorian owner claimed the honour.
“Hopefully we’ll have a Rolex Sydney Hobart win behind us by January!” said Ellis just prior to the boat’s Australian reentry, in the Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race which is wrapping up in south-east Queensland with one boat still at sea.
“I consider the festival Victoria’s premier sailing event, and the opening Passage Race is fantastic! It’s not often you get that many boats on a start line. Geelong put on a great show and there’s terrific summer flatwater racing to be enjoyed.”