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Sail Port Stephens
As an entrée to its adrenaline-charged
IRC and Performance Handicap yachting
action, the 2016 Sail Port Stephens regatta
from April 11-17 is set to host its biggest
ever fleet of the world’s smallest racing
Better known as the Optimist, around
80 of the 8ft dinghies are expected to
contest the regatta’s Junior One-Sail off-
the-beach series from April 13-14, joining
Sabots, Lasers and O’Pen Bics among
“ They’re the slowest racing boat in
the world based on yardstick handicap,”
says class treasurer David Ferguson of the
craft that carries a pocket-hankie mainsail
of 3.3m2. “But that means the racing is
ridiculously tight ... if you sneeze, you lose
The sailors, aged from around 8-13,
develop such finely-tuned skills they often
excel immediately when moving up to
another class. At the London Olympics,
some 80% of the skippers were Optimist
See <www.sailportstephens.com .au>.
Classic Boat Regatta
Steam, sail, motor & row boats built to
traditional designs present a rare spectacle
on Bribie’s waterways from 28-29 May.
Saturday, 10.00am – Boats depart
Spinnaker Sound Marina, Sandstone Point,
for a cruise to Toorbul and Donnybrook.
Sausage Sizzle and Fire Brigade Exhibit at
Toorbul. 2.00pm – travel to Pacific Harbour
Marina. Boats on display to the public from
Sunday, 10.00am – Boats depart
Spinnaker Sound and cruise into the
Pumicestone Passage and Pacific Harbour
Canals, Bribie Island. 11.30am – the vessels
will be nosed onto Sylvan Beach. Public
inspection of boats and a series of sailing
races and events off Sylvan Beach will take
place. Vintage and Classic Car clubs will
also have displays at Sylvan Beach. The
day will finish with a grand parade at 2.00
pm off Sylvan Beach.
Bribie Island Yacht Club:
Paul Bird (0417 078 129) or Doug Wilson
(0407 118 904).
As well as hosting the Australian
Yachting Championships for Grand Prix
level offshore keelboats, Audi Hamilton
Island Race Week 2016 to be staged
from August 20-27 will be the venue
for the inaugural Australian Yachting
Championship for multihulls.
This will be the first time that the
sport’s governing body, Yachting Australia,
has been the coordinator for a major
championship for large multihulls. The
event will sit well alongside the three major
keelboat Australian championships that
will also be decided at this year’s regatta.
YA President, Matt Allen, said:
“ Multihull racing is a huge growth area for
the sport and we’re pleased to introduce a
Multihull Racing Class as part of our premier
NoR and entry form are now posted
on the Race Week website, <w w w.
Entries open for Hamilton Island Race Week
A Sydney Hobart race
without the multimillion
dollar price tag
Concord Ryde Sailing Club (CRSC) which
has sailed on the Parramatta River between
Putney and Rhodes since 1945 has accepted
the challenge for a dinghy racing series issued
by Lindisfarne Sailing Club.
To be sailed on Lindisfarne’s local
waters, the Derwent River opposite Hobart
in homebuilt 8ft (2.4m) Firebug Dinghies on
16-17 April, this event is only the first step
for the Australian Firebugs who have been
invited to send a team to the New Zealand
championships in 2017.
At 2.4 metres, the Firebugs <http://
easy to build and store at home but still
provide sparkling performance for both
adults and children.
This season CRSC celebrates 70
years sailing on the Parramatta River.
Celebrating the beauty and diversity
of Australia’s heritage vessels and their
craftspeople, the C&WBF runs from 15 -17
April in Sydney’s Darling Harbour and Cockle
The festival will officially open on Friday
15th at 10am with an Indigenous smoking
ceremony, parade of sail, Nawi canoeing,
the official welcome and entertainment on
the Tall Ship Endeavour.
On display will be Halvorsens, yachts and
skiffs, classic speedboats, steam launches,
tugboats, whalers and Navy workboats
from all around Australia. Also starring the
stunning 1924 luxury ketch Hurrica V, featured
in Baz Luhrmann’s film The Great Gatsby.
A symposium of talks will focus on
historic vessels in a contemporary world
and will feature keynote speaker Lin Pardey,
the internationally renowned cruising sailor,
coupled with an expert panel of museum
staff and boat owners followed by a Q&A
facilitated by Jessica Watson, OAM.
A maritime marketplace with 30
stallholders from trades of all types will
showcase their wares for festival goers to
peruse and purchase.
Maritime demonstrations and
competitions will include line throwing,
sculling, caulking, and the ‘Quick and Dirty’
boat building competition, where the race is
on to create makeshift boats and sail them
on the harbour in record time!
A swimwear parade through the ages will
showcase a colourful selection of ‘cossies’
from the museum’s collection.
There will be entertainment throughout
the weekend, including live music
performances from artists Sam Joole, Bill
Hunt and Stu Tyrrell. The program will
extend into the evenings with entertainment
including reggae artist headliner Declan Kelly
and the Rising Sun, and a waterfront pop up
Festival entry is free.
Sydney Classic & Wooden Boat Festival
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