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REUNIONS & UPCOMING EVENTS
Light shines on
Sail Port Stephens
Entries are open to owners of eligible
cruising and IRC boats looking for the
perfect fusion of sailing and family time
at Sail Port Stephens, April 13-19.
The week-long Sail Port Stephens event
conducted during the second week of the
NSW school term break opens with the
Commodores Cup Cruising events, 13 -15
April, followed by a day’s rest before stage
two, the Port Stephens Trophy events and
NSW IRC Championship commence on
Friday 17th through to Sunday the 19th.
The Junior Off the Beach One Sail Series
runs from 15th-16th April.
Organisers have introduced a range of
initiatives including a multihull division
expanded to cater for both cruising and
racing cats and trimarans, and the return
of the Junior One Sails series which is open
to those under 18 at the start of the regatta
wanting to enter a dinghy with one sail –
such as a BIC, Opti or Sabot.
Website: w ww.sailportstephens.com.
The official announcement is planned on
1st April 2015 at the official home page.
Organizer : Long Distance Voyagers Association in Japan
Setouchi International Yacht Rally Home page
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/SIYR2014
Inquiry : firstname.lastname@example.org
Yachties and sail boats from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore,
UK, USA and Canada enjoyed Setouchi International Yacht Rally
2013 and 2014. Japanese yachties will welcome you and your sail
boats to the Setouchi water. Please enjoy sailing in Japanese
Archipelago with beautiful nature and traditional culture !
From Hiroshima Kan-on Marina
(34 21.550N, 132 24.883E) to
West part of Setouchi
International Yacht Rally 2015
From Nio Marina
(34 12.300N, 133 38.078E) to
East part of Setouchi
(34 15.460N, 133 12.181E)
Warren & Glenda Stahel have been
approached by the Japanese Long Distance
Sailing Association to assist in publicity for
the forthcoming Setouchi International Yacht
Rally from 5 September to 10 October 2015.
They crewed on Japanese boats last year
and found it the most amazing experience,
four weeks travelling in the inland sea, visiting
numerous islands, and small villages with
local and international boats.
“ The hospitality shown to us by the
Japanese sailors and all we met was beyond
our expectations, truly humbling,” s aid
Warren. “A number of the Japanese sailors
lived around the Setouchi area and thus we
were able to explore the area with locals.
This was one of the most amazing overseas
cultural experiences we have had in travelling
As Japan does not have a charter boat
industry it does require a large commitment
to sail to Japan however the experience is
well worth the effort.
Now in its fifth year, the two day Rottnest
Festival of Sail will be held over the weekend
of 28-29 March.
Between 50-60 yachts are expected to
be anchored in Thompson Bay on Saturday
night which will provide quite a spectacular
view for visitors to the Island on 28 March.
Organised by both Royal Freshwater Bay
Yacht Club and the Rottnest Foundation, the
Club manages the sailing programme and
has lined up a great format of racing. Yachts
will compete in a mix of events including
windward-leeward, offshore race, transit race
and a Round the Island Cruise in Company.
Moorings are provided for all yachts
entered and a ferry service will run the sailors
ashore for social activities. Saturday night
hosts the much anticipated party at Aristos
Rottnest Island gets set for annual Festival of Sail
and there are plenty of great prizes up for
grabs thanks to the sponsors.
Visit the RFBYC website, rfbyc.asn.au for
Contact Warren & Glenda Stahel,
email@example.com; Warren 0408 354
091; Glenda 0427 400 064; PO Box 7200
Beaumaris, Vic 3193. h
Brisbane to Gladstone
The 66-year history of the Brisbane to
Gladstone Yacht Race has made it one of
Australia’s flagship offshore yacht races. It
is an icon of Queensland and the highest
profile Easter Weekend sporting event,
setting sail from Moreton Bay on Good
The 67th edition of the 308nm ocean
classic will start on Good Friday, April 3rd
2015. From the start, yachts proceed via a
mark off Redcliffe Point to the North West
Channel up to Caloundra and through to
Competitors will gather from across
Queensland, New South Wales. Victoria
and Tasmania as well as from overseas.
They compete for the Courier Mail Cup.
In 2014, Queensland Racer Black Jack
took an impressive line honours win
while the Tasmanian registered Alive
topped the timesheets on handicap and
won the prestigious Courier Mail Cup,
one of the oldest perpetual trophies in
Australia that has been competed for on
a continual basis. h
Black Jack won line honours in 2014.
Picturesque Rottnest Island in WA.
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