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ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne; Preliminary Race Schedule

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With the shortest day of the year now behind us we are  excited to release the Preliminary Event Schedule for the December 2015 event.

This Preliminary Race Schedule is a guide to assist competitors in making plans for this year’s event.  This Preliminary Race Schedule does not change the formal details that will be released in the upcoming Notice of Race(s) and we plan to open entries and publish of the Invited Classes Notice of Race on the 15th July as well as provide more details regarding the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne Olympic / Paralympic classes.

With the exciting move to our new home at the St Kilda Sailing Precinct, there have been a number of fantastic opportunities open up for the event and showcasing sailing to the wider public and we look forward to sharing these with you all throughout the year.  One of the first of these being an accommodation partnership that we hope to offer sailors at the same time as opening entries.

Be sure to keep up with more details, announcements and offers by subscribing to the Event Newsletter below or following us on Facebook.

 

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2015 ISAF SAILING WORLD CUP – Melbourne, is moving to the St Kilda Sailing Precinct on Melbourne’s iconic St Kilda foreshore

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2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne, will see the cream rise to the top when Olympic aspirants set out to earn valuable qualifying points on the next step in their quest to compete for their country at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

The first regatta of the 2015-16 ISAF Sailing World Cup runs from December 7-13, and will take place at its new home, the St Kilda Sailing Precinct, located on St Kilda’s bustling foreshore.

Hon. John Eren, Minister for Tourism and Major Events says: “The Andrews Labor Government is proud to welcome the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne to its exciting and dynamic new Southern Hemisphere venue on the St Kilda foreshore.

St Kilda attracts visitors from around the world, keen to soak up the atmosphere of cafes, restaurants, beaches, live music venues, art and shopping – the precinct delivers it all.  Events of this calibre continue to place Victoria on the world stage as a leading international sailing destination and Victoria as Australia’s sporting capital.”

Event Chairman: Mark Klemens says: “The Sailing World Cup Melbourne is the ultimate off-the-beach sailing event on the Australian calendar and with the Olympics almost upon us, it will no doubt attract the very best sailors in the world. Our new home in St Kilda, a picturesque entertainment hub of Melbourne, will significantly increase public participation and enjoyment of this special event, and create a genuine carnival atmosphere. Sailing has never been more exciting and I am delighted and proud to contribute to its future here in Australia. I encourage everyone to “get on board“.

Event Director: Mark Turnbull OAM says: “We are very excited about the move to St Kilda and look forward to showcasing our fantastic Olympic sport and great athletes to the wider public.  We are planning many changes to this year’s Event to make it more approachable and understandable to the public, and exciting for the sailors, whether they be our current Olympic heroes from London 2012, or the next generation of young sailors racing in the Youth and Invited Classes regatta alongside their heroes.

“Now in its seventh year, the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne is well established as a world-class fixture in Victoria’s summer of sailing. Showcasing the best of the best on Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay, the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne, is the premier annual event for Olympic Class sailing in the Southern Hemisphere.”

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Variety is making a “Little Splash” in February

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Time on the water is precious, but so is time with family, friends and unfortunately time behind the desk.

Whilst many of the past Splashers have been keen to stay involved with the event, time is proving a stumbling block for many.

We are listening and are still keen to “Get the Band Back Together” to relaunch the Splash in 2015.

As such we are changing the plans to make a “Little Splash” later this month.

We are just asking you to get a group of family, friends or work colleagues together for ONE day on the Bay. It is sure to be a great day on and off the water, and most importantly will raise some funds for a wonderful charity along the way.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Splash, following is some further information.

What is the Splash?

In 2015, the Variety Splash will be a one day event which gets boaties together for a fun rally on the Bay, all whilst raising much needed funds for Variety – the Children’s Charity.

And the best part is, that it is open to boats (sail and power) of all shapes and sizes, from all walks of life.

On Saturday 28th February, get your crew together and join us at the top end of the bay (exact location to be announced) for a casual breakfast and catch up or get to know you. From there, you will head towards Queenscliff for a memorable night on the iconic Blues Train. Along the way you will be treated to an on-water raft-up lunch (weather dependent), and be a part of a number of activities and games to raise some funds for Variety.

Variety Splash 2015 Details

Date: Saturday 28 February 2015
Start Time: 07.30 registration & breakfast, departure around 9-9.30am
Course: ‘Top of the Bay’ for a casual breakfast and catch up, then on to Queenscliff, for a fun-filled night on the famous Blues Train. On the way you will be provided with lunch (raft-up (weather dependent) and plenty of on-water activities and opportunities to raise funds for Variety)
Cost: $300 p/person, inclusive of all food, evening beverages, event activities (including the Blues Train which is valued at over $150pp with drinks), berthing and a $50 tax deductible donation to Variety – the Children’s Charity. This is the only cost to enter the Splash for 2015.

Participants are encouraged to support Variety through some pre-event fundraising activity. However, there is no minimum fundraising target required to participate.

To assist, each participant will also receive their own Every Day Hero fundraising page, which can then be sent out to family, friends and supporters to attempt to raise some additional, much needed funds for this fantastic charity and the wonderful children that they support.

As a reminder about what Variety has been busy doing and will continue to do with support of people such as yourself, please visit their website at https://www.variety.org.au/VIC/How-we-help-/.

If you have any questions please contact Jav Greaves (0413 704 409) or Bianca Johnston (0438 372 168)

How Do I Enter the Splash

It’s as simple as completing an online application by CLICKING HERE!

Should you have any trouble completing the online application, or require any assistance please contact Variety Victoria’s Event Coordinator, Lizy Doherty on 03 8698 3900 or at LizyDoherty@varietyvic.org.au.

About Variety- the Children’s Charity

Children growing up with disability, serious illness or disadvantage need help from a special charity.

That charity is Variety – the Children’s Charity.

Variety works with individual families and organisations to deliver five core programs that help children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn.

With no government funding, it is through the generosity of the community that enables Variety to improve the quality of life of 250,000 children a year.

Variety is a national and worldwide charity that first began in Australia in 1975. In 2012, Variety provided more than $13 million in grants to Australian children, improving their quality of life.

Find out more at https://www.variety.org.au/VIC/

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Royal Geelong Yacht Club announces Rex Gorell Land Rover, as the Major Sponsor of the 2015 Festival of Sails

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The Royal Geelong Yacht Club has today announced Rex Gorell Land Rover Geelong as the Major Sponsor of the New Tack managed 2015 Festival of Sails, to be held between 17 – 26 January 2015.

Dealer Principal Jason Gorell said, “Rex Gorell Land Rover is very excited to have the opportunity to support Australia’s Premier Sailing Festival, as well as the chance to showcase Land Rover’s award winning range of vehicles on the spectacular Geelong Waterfront.”

As Major Sponsorship Partners, Rex Gorell Land Rover will be present with a fantastic display of their latest range of Land Rover vehicles, including an interactive experience called the Terrapod, where the public can drive a Land Rover around a creative and skilled course, built off the back of two truck semi-trailers! The TERRAPOD DRIVE EXPERIENCE has been used all around the world, from the UK to Hong Kong and is sure to be a feature of the 2015 festivities.

Festival of Sails Chairman and Rear Commodore of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, Paul Smart, commented, “We are over the moon in entering into this wonderful partnership with Rex Gorell Land Rover.

The Gorell family has a deep and proud history within the Geelong community. They are hugely respected and as such, it is an honour to have Rex Gorell Land Rover as the Major Sponsor for the 2015 Festival of Sails.

It is a great fit for both organisations and Greater Geelong as a whole community”

In regards to the Festival, the people of Geelong and the entire region, should be immensely proud that we as a community, continue to show the nation, and indeed the world, that we can produce such incredible, exciting and sustainable events.”

The 2015 Festival of Sails will see more than 320 Keelboats, racing on our Corio Bay in more than 20 classes and 2500 competitors.

There is also a huge shore-side festival FREE for the public, attracting more than 100,000 people over the weekend, with more than 90 stalls, food, beverage, bands, fireworks on the Sunday night, and plenty of street entertainment throughout Steampacket Gardens, Fairnie Park, Eastern Beach and Transvaal Square and the surrounding waterfront precinct.”

The event, which is supported by the City of Greater Geelong and the State Government of Victoria, will kick off with the exciting and iconic Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race, on Friday 23rd January 2015.

The Festival of Sails, is the largest keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere, and is the oldest sporting event in Victoria, the first passage race being run in 1844, earlier than the Melbourne Cup, America’s Cup and Ashes to name but a few.

We look forward to the Geelong community again enjoying the wonderful entertainment, stalls, fireworks and of course the high class sailing competition over the Australia Day weekend.

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ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne Dinner Tickets Available Now

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Join the Victorian Yachting community in coming together to celebrate our country’s ongoing sailing success on local and international stages, at the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne Dinner. 

When did boats start to fly?

Featuring a special panel on foiling, the future of sailing and more, this is the best night on the Victorian Sailing calendar, and is an opportunity to simply celebrate sailing.
Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and canapés on the balcony before a delicious sit-down meal in the stylish surroundings of Sandringham Yacht Club in a celebration of our sailing champions.
Date: Tuesday 9th December
Time: 6.30pm until approx. 11pm
Cost:  $135 p/person or $1300 for a table of 10.
Venue: Port Phillip Room, Sandringham Yacht Club
Address: Jetty Rd, Sandringham 3191
Dress Code: After Five CocktailClick here to book tickets, if you have any questions or concerns please contact Bianca Johnston on 0438 372 168 or email bianca@newtack.com.au.

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First entry for ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne – leaves a sailor’s reputation in tatters

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Running parallel to the Olympic and Paralympic class competitions at this year’s ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne, is a racing program for 16 invited classes from kiteboards, to various youth feeder classes and the universally designed; Hansa Liberty class.

The Invited Class program has again proven very popular, with the first official entry for this year’s Melbourne event being received from UK based Hansa Liberty sailor, Tom Harper.

Harper says he’s slightly embarrassed that his was the cup’s first entry, “my reputation for leaving everything to the last minute is in tatters.”

Harper is Melbourne-bound for his first International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) event, mainly because it is one of the few high profile regattas to include the Liberty class. “This is a great decision as the Liberty is pretty unique in its ability to allow for any level of physical disability,” he says.

An accident in 2002 left Harper paralyzed from the shoulders down and changed his life forever. Gone were all the things he loved the most in the world; surfing, snowboarding and cycling. A long period of depression shadowed the Englishman who lives live near Poole in Dorset, in between the main sailing spots on the south coast, The Solent, Weymouth and Portland.

In 2008 he came across sailing for the disabled, discovering it could offer the independence and competitive fulfilment he was craving. “Sailing has definitely developed my confidence and allowed me to feel part of a sport as a full participant. It is the only sport which completely levels the playing field and does not distinguish between able-bodied and disabled.

“I feel proud to be a disabled athlete and the challenge that sailing gives me has given my life focus and meaning. I also have two young children and the ability to do something active as a family is a fantastic proposition for the future.”

Each time Harper leaves the pontoon is a sparkle moment. “To set off with complete independence is totally liberating, and that feeling hasn’t diminished with time. Every time I get in my boat I feel elated to be doing something on my own, without the barriers of my life on land.”

Harper’s career highlights so far including winning a national series in 2012 in the Servo class. His main focus for next year is the Hansa European Championships in the UK and he’s working on developing a new class, “I’ve been involved with the design of RS Sailing’s new Venture Keel and will be developing it as a more integrated solution for disabled sailors.”

It is expected that the number of entries in the Paralympic classes will again continue to grow on previous years, given the announcement that in the week preceding the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne, the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria will host the 2015 IFDS World Championships (November 26 – December 3, 2015). Therefore many competitors have expressed their interest to use the 2014 event to gain further exposure to the sailing grounds of Port Phillip.

As a commitment to supporting the growth of the IFDS classes in the region, the event will again be offering onsite IFDS Functional Classification at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne.

The Melbourne leg of the Sailing World Cup, is the second regatta in the six event circuit that begins in Qingdao, China before heading to Miami, USA, Hyeres, France, Weymouth & Portland, Great Britain and finishes with the series Grand Final event to be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The invited classes will complete a single four or five day series between Sunday December 7 and Sunday December 14, 2014.
The program for the ten Olympic classes is a six-day opening series culminating in the weekend medal stage, December 13-14, for the top ten teams or individuals.

The Australian Sailing Team (AST) and Squad (ASS) commenced their run to Rio at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Spain on Friday September 12, 2014. Both teams are in full force with 27 crews entered in nine out of the ten Olympic classes. Santander 2014 is the first Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing competition qualification regatta with 50% of places awarded based on results in the Spanish city.

Entries for the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne must be received no later than midnight on October 1, 2014 to qualify for the early entry discount. Midnight on December 2 is the final deadline for entry submission.

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Australian Sailing Team signed up for ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne

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The Australian Sailing Team and Australian Sailing Squad’s en masse entry for the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne, December 7-14, 2014, raises the competition bar among the Olympic classes and gives aspiring sailors the chance to challenge their heroes.

Yachting Australia has entered the full contingent of the AST and ASS, showing their support for the event and giving other competitors a rare opportunity to mix it up on the racetrack with world champions and gold medallists from the last Games.

The Olympic circuit is really starting to heat up with Sandringham Yacht Club staging the Melbourne event off the back of a number of other Olympic class events, including the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championship in Spain from September 8-21, 2014. Santander is the first Olympic qualification regatta for Rio 2016 and half of the spots for Rio will be decided at the championship. The Australian Sailing Team and Squad will be there in full force.

On his preparation for next month’s Spanish world championship, Queensland based Finn sailor and ASS member Jake Lilley says emphatically “There will be no stone left unturned; no weight left un-lifted, and no wave left un-navigated. For 2014 there is only ONE goal, and that is to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics.”

One of Lilley’s stepping stones in his quest to replicate Laser gold medallist Tom Slingsby’s world-beating performance at the last Olympic Games, and break a 40-year medal drought in the Finn class, is the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne in December.

AST 470 sailor Sarah Cook encourages international sailors to come to Melbourne in December and pit themselves against Australia’s best. “It’s the best time of year for Europeans to come and race in the beautiful Southern Hemisphere summer and escape the cold, long winter. We love coming home to Melbourne and sailing on Port Philip. Sail Melbourne is a great regatta, Melbourne is an awesome city and the event will have Australia’s best sailors competing on home grounds.”

Performance director of the AST Peter Conde adds, “ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne is a fixture on our AST’s international racing calendar and we’re looking forward to another great ISAF World Sailing event in Melbourne.

“Having the AST and Squad with several Olympic champions and medallists at the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne means the regatta will offer the best world sailing has to offer. Melbourne traditionally offers great training and racing conditions and excellent race management.”

The AST came away with plenty of top shelf finishes at the most recent Rio Olympic Test event, Aquece Rio – International Regatta 2014, earlier this month. Highest rankings included Mat Belcher and Will Ryan first in the 470s, Tom Burton first in the Laser fleet, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen second in the 49er and Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis runners-up in the Nacra17.
The full suite of ISAF Sailing World Cup Classes (470 Men’s, 470 Women’s, 49er, 49FX, Finn, Laser, Laser Radial, Nacra 17, RS:X Men, RS:X Women, 2.4mR, SKUD18, Sonar, Kiteboard Men and Kiteboard Women), will again be contested from the world acclaimed Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne Australia, from December 7-14, 2014.

Alongside the ISAF Sailing World Cup fleets, the event will again be racing a selection of youth and Olympic feeder classes, through an extensive Invited Classes program, including; FX (open), Laser 4.7, Laser Radial (men), Liberty, Optimist, 420, 29er, OK, Viper, 505, Minnows, Bic Techno 293 and International Cadets.
Last year’s ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne, staged for the fifth time by the organising authority Yachting Victoria in partnership with event management company New Tack, drew 703 registered participants, 53% of those travelled from interstate and overseas.

During Melbourne’s summer months cooling afternoon breezes from the north to north-west provide consistent racing conditions on the eastern Port Phillip rim interspersed with the occasional summer scorcher followed by a cooler southerly change.

The event is offering a 25% discount on entry fees for all entries received before October 1, 2014. Head to the event website to take advantage of this offer.

Lisa Ratcliff – Event Media

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International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for the boys, a female class leader coming to Geelong

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English skipper Katie Nurton has just joined the growing number of registrations for the 36th International 14 World Championship to be held at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club in Australia from 3rd to 17th January 2015.

Nurton is a member of both the strong overseas contingent to contest the event being conducted by Royal Geelong Yacht Club on Corio Bay in Geelong, and the growing group of women who sail these progressive boats.

This will be Nurton’s sixth World Championship after starting her I14 sailing career just over 13 years ago. She previously reached the World Championship podium in 2011, and placed a respectable sixth in 2013.

“My first Worlds was at Beer in 2000 in a borrowed boat. I can’t remember where we came, but it was a disaster.  Then I bought my own boat and teamed up with the legendary Nigel Ash, who was recommended by his brother. He had done lots of windsurfing, but no sailing, and I couldn’t even trapeze. So it was a slow start. We finished 52nd at the New Zealand Worlds in 2005 and have gradually improved since then.

“Getting a new boat in 2006 was a big step forward. Before the Weymouth worlds, I quit my 90-hour-a-week banking job and started working more normal hours. Not being exhausted at the weekends and spending a bit more time on sailing and boat maintenance has made a big difference. We finished third at the Weymouth worlds in 2011 and sixth in Canada last year,” Nurton said.

The 40-year-old Nurton has been on the water since she was six-years-old. Her parents had a cruising boat and encouraged Nurton and her brother to take up dinghy sailing.

“My brother and I got an International Cadet when I was 12 and he was 10.  We were both at boarding school and only sailed in the school holidays, so we always came last.  Then when I was 17 my school bought a 420. Imagine being at a girls boarding school and never allowed out. Suddenly, a friend and I were allowed to go to 420 Youth Squad winter training weekends at miserable reservoirs where there were pubs and boys. I suppose that’s when I got really keen on sailing.”

From dinghies Nurton progressed to the 470 class and the pursuit of qualification for the Olympic Games. She was unsuccessful and disappointed. Her then house-mates convinced her to take up I14 sailing for a bit of excitement.

As the skipper in her dinghy days sailing with her brother, Nurton decided early on that crewing was for someone else. “I am completely useless crew. I was the big sister, so even when I was young I never crewed and now it’s far too late to learn.  We had Crew’s race earlier this year at Itchenor. Incredibly, we were leading on the first leg, but it was all over when I tried to get the spinnaker up,” Nurton quipped. She will race in 2015 World Championships with long-time crew, Nigel Ash.

Her success in the I14 class has come about through not only her talent, but also through her fitness and her passion for the class. Nurton believes the class is physically demanding for the women as well as for the men.  “It’s a lot easier now, but you still need to be generally fit and conquer your nerves.

“The people who really deserve the respect are the female crews. There are quite a few of them and they are very hard core. I don’t know how they do it.  I think the boat maintenance puts some women off, but I secretly, or maybe not so secretly, like that part.

“Now that girls are sailing 49er FXs, I imagine we’ll start to see more of them in 14s,”Nurton added.

Her passion for the I14s comes from being involved in a class where there has been a long history of high performance and the challenge of being a part of a development class. And there is also the people who stay with the class for a long time. “I’ve made lots of really great friends, from all over the world, and the competition is always tough, but friendly.”

Standard Entries for the 2015 World Championships close on 14th November 2014. Late entries may be accepted after this time with a late entry administration fee of $AUD100 applying, until the close of entries on 12th December 2014.

Notice of Race available at: http://www.i14worlds2015.com/regatta-documents/

Enter here: http://www.i14worlds2015.com/online-entry/

 

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Shogun back in the game and first Festival of Sails entry

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The overhauled TP52 Shogun is the first official entry for the 2015 Festival of Sails, owner Rob Hanna showing support for his yacht club and adding some grand prix weight to Victoria’s premier sailing regatta to be staged January 17-26.

Shogun disappeared off the radar last December after its mast came crashing down off Palm Beach during the final stage of the four-part Southern Cross Cup class series. The boat was already on the market and suddenly a much cheaper buy.

Hanna flirted with the idea of a super modern lightweight 40-footer, but after looking around at the options and crunching the numbers he came back to his beloved TP, deciding to invest the dollars in what he knows it offers; results and “F….U….N”.

“I had look at the grand prix 40-42 footers and took the research a fair way. Something high performance in that size range was getting up around $750K, and that’s not cheap sailing. I could have entered a lot more races and been in div 3, but I could still be done-over on handicap by an Adams 10 or Beneteau.

“I really love the TP52 and still have a lot of fun with it. It’s a good boat and we are going to be very competitive. I’m back in the game,” he warned.

The 2013 Audi IRC Australian class A Champion has been under the knife for a significant birthday makeover. It’s been stiffened for offshore racing, and importantly for deliveries. Trucking a 52-footer is an expensive exercise and every time the boat is pulled apart for hauling there has to be a meticulous reassembly.

Hanna believes his rig came down during a tack in 20 knots on a short choppy sea when the D1 shroud gave way at the deck level, which put too much strain on the rig and caused the failure. “We assume the D1 wasn’t tightened up enough. It’s speculation but the most practical answer.”

Hanna replaced the previous Med Cup style rig with a taller and stronger carbon mast designed to help the helmsman in the lower wind ranges, new carbon forestay and boom that allows a reef,. This opens the door for Shogun to enter Cat 2 short and medium coastal passage races.

The topsides have been redone and the whole boat repainted. Every system has been pulled apart and reconditioned or replaced, as has every winch and rope.

The upgrades were managed by Paul ‘Monty’ Montague and the boat re-launched in late June. Hanna is planning to run with a crew of 12 rather than 15 for most events. The Sydney fleet contesting the CYCA’s Flinders Islet Race in late September will be the first to see Shogun unveiled.

On being the number one Festival of Sails entry Hanna said, “I enjoy the Geelong regatta for sentimental reasons and I wanted to support the event by getting my entry in early.  I’d like to see it continue as the largest regatta in Victoria.”

An extended 2015 Festival of Sails regatta begins when the multihulls start rolling in from around the country to compete in their annual Australian Multihull Championships from Saturday 17th January. The diverse mix of racing and cruising catamarans and trimarans will compete on a mix of courses around Corio Bay and Port Phillip, until Friday 23rd January. As the multis complete a reverse passage race up to Melbourne, on Thursday 22nd January, the exciting Sportsboats will hit the water, to take advantage of the great conditions that are synonymous with fast yacht racing on Corio Bay.

For more than 300 entries, the iconic 34Nm Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race, on Friday 23rd January, signals the start of a great weekend of racing and Australia Day long weekend celebrations, to be held in Geelong.

Notice of Race available at: http://festivalofsails.com.au/sailing-regatta/race-documents

Enter here: http://festivalofsails.com.au/enter-online-update-your-entry

Lisa Ratcliff – Festival of Sails Media

 

Festival of Sails 2014

Get ready for a sensational summer of sailing in Geelong

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The Race Management Committee of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club along with New Tack Events have been burning the midnight oil to put together an entire month of sailing on Corio Bay, in January next year, with the Notice of Race released today.

The New Year will start with upwards of 100 International 14s contesting their 2015 World Championships from Saturday 3rdJanuary until Saturday 17th January.

An extended 2015 Festival of Sails regatta begins when the multihulls start rolling in from around the country to compete in their annual Australian Multihull Championships from Saturday 17th January. The diverse mix of racing and cruising catamarans and trimarans will compete on a mix of courses around Corio Bay and Port Phillip, until Friday 23rd January. As the multis complete a reverse passage race up to Melbourne, on Thursday 22nd January, the exciting Sportsboats will hit the water, to take advantage of the great conditions that are synonymous with fast yacht racing on Corio Bay.

For more than 300 entries, the iconic 34Nm Melbourne to Geelong Passage Race, on Friday 23rd January, signals the start of a great weekend of racing and Australia Day long weekend celebrations, to be held in Geelong.

Regatta Chairman, Paul Smart and PRO Denis Thompson, have been working hard with the various racing fleets, to release the Notice of Race for both the 2015 Festival of Sails and the Australian Multihull Championships, this week.

“We are really pleased to be able to publish the Notice of Race before the end of July, which is two months earlier than in 2013. Our valued participating skippers have told us that it helps them greatly to have more time to plan crew and the logistics around their boats, especially those coming from Interstate and often overseas.

“We are hoping that by giving people plenty of notice, we will see strong entry numbers for next year’s regatta,” said Chairman, Paul Smart.

Entries will open online on Monday 11th August 2014. As always it will be a rush to see who can take the mantle for the first entrant. When entries opened in the past two years, those wishing to capitalise on the generous Early Bird discount flooded the online entry system. RGYC is again encouraging participants to get their entries in early to take advantage of the substantial saving.

The Notice of Race (NoR) is the all-important document that will help guide competitors through the regatta format and conditions of entry and is available online on the event website.
http://festivalofsails.com.au/sailing-regatta/race-documents