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Melbourne to Osaka Double-
Handed Yacht Race
The Organizing Committee for the 2018
Melbourne to Osaka Double-Handed Yacht
Race has published the Preliminary Notice
of Race for the next race due to start in Port
Philip Bay in March 2018.
The race is a unique double-handed
long distance ocean race of 5,500nm,
during which yachts will encounter multiple
weather systems and seasons as they cross
the Pacific Ocean from south to north.
First run in 1987 to celebrate the 150th
anniversary of the opening of the Port of
Osaka the race provides a proving ground
for true seamanship and encourages the
development of suitably seaworthy yachts,
appropriate gear, supplies, and techniques
for short-handed passage under sail.
Potential competitors are encouraged
to register their interest by visiting the event
web site at <www.melbourneosaka.com>
or the Facebook page at <www.facebook.
October Couta Week &
The Wattle Cup
The Coutaboat Assn NSW are inviting
all Coutaboat Assn members to participate
in ‘October Couta Week’ which includes
three Special Sailing events on Sydney
Harbour and on Pittwater on consecutive
weekends in October 2015.
Harbour Couta Regatta hosted by
RPEYC. Two races on Friday 16th October.
There will be a dinner at the RPEYC on
Friday 16th following the Harbour Regatta.
Gaffers Day hosted by the SASC on
Sydney Harbour on Sunday 18th October.
Drinks / BBQ at the SASC following Gaffers
Wattle Cup hosted by the RPAYC
on Pittwater on the 24th
Welcome drinks 6-7.30pm Friday 23rd for all
competitors and their partners at Admiral’s
Club Bar Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
Newport. Presentation Dinner Sunday 25th
The Couta Assn NSW will arrange
and coordinate the lifting of boats and
derigging. Some accommodation may
be available on request for visitors to
Pittwater. Contact Larry Eastwood,
President Coutaboat Assn NSW. Tel: 02
9979 5026. Mob: 0417 244406; <larry@
Club Marine Pittwater to
Coffs Yacht Race
For the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s
2016 race to Coffs Harbour starting January
2 off Palm Beach headland, all competing
yachts will be required to carry an AIS
transponder, technology that is readily
available and brings increased benefits,
particularly when navigating through busy
shipping channels such as off the port of
Newcastle on the NSW Hunter coast.
AIS (Automatic Identification System)
equipped vessels can send and receive
identification information plus position,
course, speed, and ship particulars that
can be displayed on an electronic chart,
computer display or compatible navigation
The transponders are easily hardwired
into the boat and simple to use. They utilise
a boat’s existing VHF antennae, which the
Coffs race fleet is required to have. AIS is
being introduced for the club’s flagship
offshore event as an additional entry
requirement and safeguard to complement
the requirement for Sat phones and the
YellowBrick tracking units.
Entries close Friday December 4, 2015.
Website <http://w ww.pittwatertocoffs.
REUNIONS & UPCOMING EVENTS
Solo evening at the CYCA
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
Cruising Division will hold a special evening
featuring one of the club’s most famous
An evening not to be missed. Solo played
a major role in establishing the CYCA as a
major force in international ocean racing.
Guest speaker, Kevin Bourke, Author of
the book Man of Iron Ship of Steel, will recount
the colourful career of this famous yacht and
its owner/builder/skipper, Vic Meyer.
When her racing days were over Solo went
cruising. She circumnavigated Australia,
followed by three epic voyages around the
This wonderful evening of historic club
nostalgia, featuring excerpts from the film
of Solo’s exploits ‘Voyage to the Tip of the
Earth’ will commence at 6:30pm with L Eat
Restaurant open for dining following the
event should you wish to stay.
Tuesday 13 October, 2015 - 6 :30pm
For more information contact John
Keelty. Phone: 0427 231 682; <johnkeelty@
Liesl Tesch guest speaker
at SOLAS Trusts Dinner
The CYCA will host an evening with Liesl
Tesch AM in support of the SOLAS (Safety
of Life at Seas Trusts).
Liesl Tesch AM is an international
wheelchair basketball and sailing
Paralympian capturing two silver and a
bronze medal from five Paralympic Games in
wheelchair basketball, captaining the Gliders
team at the Athens and Beijing Paralympics
to silver and bronze medals.
Switching codes and with just 18 months
training, she and skipper Dan Fitzgibbon won
the SKUD 18 sailing gold medal at the 2012
Paralympics. The gregarious school teacher
has completed one Rolex Sydney Hobart
Yacht Race and has a lot of stories to tell.
During the course of the evening a silent
auction will be held with a range of quality
items available to bid on. Over the years,
the CYCA SOLAS Trusts have granted over
$800,000 to search and rescue organisations
Friday October 23, 2015 from 7pm in
Freya and Morna Rooms CYCA, Darling
Point. Cost: $125.00 per person. Enquiries:
CYCA Reception (02) 8292 7800 or visit www.
2015 Lipton Cup Regatta
Entries are open for the 2015 Lipton Cup
Regatta, which will be held over the weekend
of 14-15 November. This year marks the tenth
Lipton Cup Regatta, and looks like being
the best yet.
Hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of
Victoria in partnership with the Williamstown
Sailing Club and the Port Melbourne Yacht
Club, the Lipton Cup Regatta offers fun,
affordable racing for all kinds of sailing
enthusiasts. Whether you prefer serious
racing or something more social, keelboats
or off-the-beach classes, there is a division
to suit you.
NoR and on-line entry at <www.
Lipton Cup Regatta 2014.
Solo in Antarctic.
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