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Wollongong Seafood and
Sail – The party without
One of the few things that makes a race
to Hobart bearable is the thought of the
party at the end of it all.
But what about an ocean race that was
little more than a short jaunt down the
coast with a party to rival Hobart’s, and
you’re back home the next day? No night
watches. No cold. No fatigue. Just the fun,
camaraderie and good times of Hobart,
minus the pain!
Well, believe it or not, such a thing
exists. After a few years’ hiatus, the
Wollongong Seafood and Sail festival is
back, better than ever. After two successful
trial years, Wollongong Yacht Club will be
hosting the event again, on March 19, 2016.
The event is open to all, be it the
racing fleet out of Cruising Yacht Club,
trailer yachts racing locally on Saturday,
anyone who feels like a leisurely cruise
down the coast, or even anyone looking
for a Saturday drive.
For more details, check out the
Wollongong Yacht Club Website <wyc.
Sussex Inlet’s 26th annual
Trailable Yacht Regatta
One of the highlights in the South Coast
sailing calendar is the Sussex Inlet and St
Georges Basin Yacht Club Annual regatta
to be held the weekend of 6-7 February,
2016 and is the 26thth event run by the club.
Headquarters for this popular trailable
yacht event will be the Sussex Inlet RSL
Club ‘fisho’s shed’ on the river at Sussex
Inlet. The success of previous regattas
great sailing and a top social agenda,
has cemented the local club among the
‘Friendliest on the South Coast’
The 2016 event will again welcome
YNSW Southern Zone sailors for round
two of their passage race series and those
taking part in the Timpenny 670 NSW State
Championships as well as visitors from
right around the state who traditionally
join local club sailors for the two day event.
The sailing program will remain
unchanged from previous years – Saturday
morning briefing as soon as possible after
11am, participants then heading out onto St
Georges Basin for a Basin Chase passage
race with a start not before 1pm. An earlier
start on Sunday, 11am on the Basin for an
outside triangle course, presentation at HQ
following compilation of results.
For more details please visit
<www.sibyc.com.au> or ring 0408 241 130.
REUNIONS & UPCOMING EVENTS
The International 5.5 metre class is a
development design devised by Charles
Nicholson in 1949.
The Australian International 5.5 Metre
Class Association is based at Vaucluse Yacht
Club. It hosts mini regattas, the National
Championships, and has a respectable fleet
of Fives that race all year round. There has
also been a recent resurgence in the class
on Pittwater with RPAYC keen to increase
The international fleet of Fives,
particularly in Europe, is still strong
with approximately 160 Fives active in 15
countries. Thirty Fives from 10 countries
(including one from Australia) competed
at the world championships in Sweden in
Around the waterways of Sydney and up
and down the coast of NSW, there are older
Fives on moorings, others in sheds and even
paddocks. Some are ready to race, some need
a little work to bring them back to racing
The Australian International 5.5 Metre Class Association is based at Vaucluse Yacht Club.
Sail in the steps of famous
Dutch sailor and explorer
The STS Leeuwin
II is offering an
opportunity to join
a historical voyage
along the WA coastline to commemorate
the 400th anniversary of the first Dutch
contact with Western Australia made by
Dutch sailor and explorer Dirk Hartog.
On the 25th October 1616 Dirk Hartog
made landfall with his ship Eendracht at
the landmark soon to be known as Dirk
Hartog Island in Western Australia’s iconic
Shark Bay area.
As part of the anniversary celebrations
next year, Western Australia’s own tall ship,
the STS Leeuwin II, will offer history and
sailing enthusiasts the unique opportunity
to sail in Dirk Hartog’s steps, experiencing
a taste of life aboard a traditional 1850s
Sailing enthusiasts of all ages will be
invited to join the voyage which will depart
from Fremantle on the 14th October
2016 and arrive in Shark Bay on the 21st
STS Leeuwin II is a 55m 3-masted
Barquentine with more than 810sqm of sail.
The vessel is a working ship and all
voyage participants will be invited to
engage in all aspects of ship operations
from sailing, steering and navigating to
cleaning the ship, standing night watch
and climbing the 33m main mast.
Participants aged over 18 interested in
joining the exclusive Leeuwin voyage can
receive more information or register their
interest by sending the Leeuwin Foundation
an email to <firstname.lastname@example.org>
listing their name and date of birth.
condition and some, unfortunately, require
some serious restoration work.
Unfortunately many of the Australian
class’s historic records have been lost, so if
you have any information on the history of
the class, race results from earlier years or
just the whereabouts of a Five looking for its
next owner, we would love to hear from you.
The Class Association has organised
a ‘Festival of the Fives’ commencing in
Februar y 2016 including a Sprint Series/
Mini Regatta, followed by the Nationals at
Vaucluse and entering its own division in the
Sydney Harbour Regatta. If you are interested
in joining the Fives as crew member or owner,
please contact us.
Mark Lutowski, Australian President,
International 5.5 Metre Class; email
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