Groogo the NOR does not have the race distances, what are they now.
In the old days the programme was
Saturday Race 1 fixed mark at 26 miles for IOR and JOG
Sunday Race 2 passage race at 90 miles for IOR and 70 for JOG (Mooloolaba to Tangalooma via NW channel and return via NE channel)
Wednesday Race 3 Olympic triangle at 26 miles for IOR and JOG (this was a public holiday)
Thursday Race 4 FUN RACE no points
Friday pm Pace 5 Long Passage Race at 200 miles for IOR and 130 miles for JOG (Mooloolaba to Caloundra to Roberts Shoal east of Cape Moreton to Wolf Rock to Roberts Shoal to Mooloolaba to Caloundra to finish)
So usually a Sunday morning finish
We did this in Hood 23s in Jog and 1/4 tonners in IOR then one year we thought it would be good to do the IOR division in a mini tonner.
Now crews think they are good and complain if they are still after dark.
The long race had a real cruel upwind leg if it was fresh from Wolf Rock to Roberts Shoal so about 90 miles dead uphill in big waves and current to make up for the 90 miles dead square run you just had to get to Wolf Rock.
Imagine trying to sell that race programme now.
Although it was all Cat 3 and a 27mhz radio (and no special insurance endorsement) so people could afford it.
No rafts no EPIRBS no inflatable PFDs not even inboard motors and certainly no spare battery.
No radio certificates no Safety at Sea courses no first aid certificates no GPS
Although RDF was pretty handy given the Maroochydore airport and Radio 4KQ and 4QR each which had transmitter near the long race course.
No one ever hit Wolf rock even though it was always a night rounding
No one ever sailed across Jew Shoal in a big southerly and got wrecked like Ausmaid did.