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REUNIONS & UPCOMING EVENTS
Sail Port Stephens
The 9th annual Sail Port Stephens
regatta coincides with the NSW school
holidays from 11-17 April. Jewel in the
crown is the NSW IRC Championship held
in conjunction with Yachting NSW.
The Port Stephens Trophy is contested
under Performance Handicap and open to
both monohulls and multihulls. Pleasure
yachts play for the Commodores Cup during
the first three days and SPS also offers a
Junior Off-the-Beach One-Sail series.
A brain tumour battle may have
knocked the wind from his sails but Sydney
yachtsman Roger Hickman vows that
hell and high water won’t stop him from
The owner/skipper of the Farr 43 Wild
Rose already has one prestigious NSW IRC
Championship title under his belt and is
intent on earning another at SPS after his
recent Sydney-Hobart campaign ended
with a shock cancer diagnosis.
‘Hicko’ was taken from Wild Rose to
Royal Hobart Hospital then flown back to
Sydney for brain surgery. He remains under
chemotherapy and radiotherapy but says
the prognosis is good.
“ I can’t read or write at the moment but
there’s an upside to that – I can’t answer
emails or pay bills, so how good’s that!”
Hicko said with his trademark wit. “Instead
I’m relying on that old-fashion style of
communication called talking to people.”
He has told doctors he’d like his
treatments finished before Sail Port
Yachting Australia President Matt
Allen, patron for Sail Port Stephens, is also
relishing the prospect of a strong IRC fleet
as other owners follow Hickman’s lead. He
is entering his TP52 Ichi Ban.
See <www.sailportstephens.com.au> for
CCCA Cruising North
Thinking of cruising north? You’ll be
interested in a 4-night series of talks being
conducted by the Coastal Cruising Club to
be held at Macquarie Park on 14th, 16th,
21st & 23rd March, commencing at 7pm.
The presenter, Doug Brooker, has
been ocean racing & cruising since he was
10 years old. He is an AYF Yachtmaster
Instructor and past Examiner. He built
custom ocean racing and cruising yachts
and practised as a marine surveyor for
over 25 years.
The first two nights of the series will
cover the preparation of you and your yacht
for cruising. Third and fourth nights cover
the passage and ports between Sydney &
Questions & suggestions will be most
Everyone is welcome (and there is no
Email the CCCA secretary, Greg Hitchens,
Club Marine Pittwater Sail
The Royal Prince Alfred YC will host the
fifth annual Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo
on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March,
Sydney’s largest sail expo opens the
doors for the public to meet with industry
professionals. The expo will feature a range
of exhibitors showcasing an extensive array
of marine products and services for the
experienced and the casual sailor.
This year, visitors will be spoilt with an
exclusive look at several yachts being shown
for the first time ever in Australia!
Windcraft will be displaying the new
Dehler 46. All Boat Brokerage will be
displaying the new and stunning Oyster 545.
Performance Cruising Yachts will be showing
off the Dufour 382.
Multihull Central has a couple of new
additions. The Outremer 45 catamaran, the
little sister to the Outremer 51 and 5X and
they will also be bringing their brand new
trimaran, the Corsair Pulse 600.
There will also be plenty of cruising
yachts, racing yachts and other sailing
vessels to see on the day.
Plenty of free parking available plus
entertainment, special deals, prizes to be
won and some great food and drink specials.
The RPAYC opens its doors to see the Club
first hand and providing a 50% reduction
in membership fees if you join on the expo
For the past 21 years Manly Yacht Club
Women’s Challenge has had a commitment
to encourage, excite and support Women in
sailing at every level of experience.
MYC invites all female sailors around
Australia to participate in the Manly Yacht
Club Helly Hansen Women’s Challenge 2016
on 19-20 March.
Saturday, 19th March – Lasers, Op’n
Bics, Optis, PJs, MJs, Flying 11s and Access
Sunday, 20th March – Yachts whose
overall length is between 6m and 20m; six
classes/divisions; All Female, or Female
Helm. Choose to fly spinnaker or not, your
handicap will reflect your choice.
Enjoy racing with Manly Yacht Club on
Sydney Harbour and join us afterwards for
the presentation of prizes supplied by our
sponsor, Helly Hansen.
The One Design Trophy will be
presented to the winner of the one design
fleet with the most boats entered.
Visiting yachts requiring a berth should
contact Colin Cameron <clubcaptain@myc.
org.au> or 0412 391 035 to see if we can
Contact Ivana Gattegno on 0401 025 026
Manly Yacht Club Helly Hansen
Women’s Challenge 2016
Roger Hickman plans to enter his Farr 43
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