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Now in its 12th year, the annual
Beneteau Pittwater Regatta will be held
at RPAYC on Saturday 14 May.
Beneteau owners and their crew will
take part in a race around Lion Island,
followed by a night of dinner and dancing.
Our generous sponsors have provided
division prizes, as well as raffle and lucky
Interested entrants should contact
Vicsail Sydney on 9327 2088 or contact
Kannad SAFELINK Global
Recall Safety Notice
An issue affecting the Kannad
EPIRB SAFELINK Manual+ GPS and the
Kannad EPIRB SAFELINK Auto GPS has
the potential to impact its long term
effectiveness in the field.
The SAFELINK EPIRB’s yellow plastic
body may prematurely age when subjected
to specific environmental conditions.
Kannad’s have instigated a voluntary Global
Recall Program for the SAFELINK EPIRB.
Customers who suspect they may have
an affected beacon should register their
unit via <www.safelinkepirbsupport.co.uk>
so a free replacement can be arranged.
2016 will mark the 4th annual edition of
the West Harbour Winter Series (WHWS) – a
7-race series commencing on the 15 M ay.
The initiative and intention of the series
is to promote participation in competitive
racing in our local waters west of the
The WHWS was first conducted in 2013
as a joint venture between the Balmain
Sailing Club (BSC), Drummoyne Sailing
Club (DSC) and the Greenwich Flying
The series to date has four divisions
racing under PHS and the author/
handicapper reckons the handicaps/
competition has been pretty good. However
in the interests of furthering good
competition and promoting a ‘level playing
field’, in the 2016 series we are proposing
the introduction of the measurement based
handicap system ORC Club.
NoR and Sailing Instructions on the
Balmain Sailing Club website <http://
It is that time of year again when the
grey and not so grey nomads of the water
sail into the beautiful Whitsundays for
the annual Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club
(SICYC) Rendezvous at the diminutive Shag
Islet in the Gloucester Passage.
But this year there is a twist! SICYC has
turned the event into a ‘Season of Sail’ to
provide further fun for yachties cruising up
the Queensland coast to the rendezvous.
Joining is simple ... Complete your
application online at w ww.sicyc.com .au.
For only $65, receive a club shirt and become
a life member who can enjoy the benefits
of a fantastic fraternity on the water while
being hosted by various marinas and be
invited to a feast of events on the way as
part of the ‘Season of Sail’.
All members are classed as ‘Vice
Commodores’ and share the same
membership number so they are all
Visit the SICYC website www.sicyc.com.
au for a full breakdown of the rendezvous
itinerary. Don’t be square, be there!
2016 Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club ‘Season of Sail’
Brisbane to Keppel –
Forget the whales get on
At 131 years of age, the Royal Queensland
Yacht Squadron is steeped in a grand history
and pedigree that is quite possibly even
bigger than the 20-hectare site it sits upon.
The RQ, as it is affectionately known,
is setting up for the 10th anniversary of
their premier ocean race, the Club Marine
Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race.
The 343nm race slots in marvellously
after the Sydney to Gold Coast event, with
the gun firing on August 5, 2016. Early bird
entries finish on M ay 31 and then they
ultimately close on July 22.
As it is the tenth anniversary, 40+ mono
and multihull boats are expected to contest
the IRC, ORCI, PHS and OMR categories. Full
details, the all-important Notice of Race
and entries are available now from www.
brisbanetokeppel.com, so head there pronto.
This year’s Sail Mooloolaba Match
Racing Championship is open to Australian
and international teams in the Open, Youth
and Women’s categories.
The May 20-22 event is conducted by
the Mooloolaba Yacht Club on the club-
owned Elliott 6s on Mooloolah River, in the
area immediately adjacent to the centre of
The course is tight ensuring skippers
boat handling skills along with the crew’s
tactical skills are put to the test. The wind
often bounces off the large houses off one
shore or The Wharf tourist precinct on the
Spectators are entertained throughout
the matches as the teams race their boats
so close to the shoreline their calls can be
heard clearly and the occasional grim face
shows the tension of the competition.
Sunshine Coast Ocean
One of Australia’s most famed ocean
racing events will be staged from 7-13
August off Mooloolaba on the Sunshine
A fixture of the sailing calendar for 20
years in succession from the 1970s – 1990s,
the Regatta attracted some of Australia’s
best yachts such as Helsal I & II, Odyssey,
Wild Thing, Brindabella and Waikikamukau,
along with great names in yachting, such
as Hugh Treharne – the tactician behind
Australia’s winning America’s Cup team.
The Sunshine Coast Yacht Club (SCYC)
has revived the event, with the Regatta to
be held in the sparkling coastal waters off
the Sunshine Coast between Noosa and
Caloundra during August.
Visiting boats will be able to berth
at Mooloolaba Marina for free during
the Regatta, and the area is surrounded
by quality accommodation, restaurants
(including exceptional seafood venues,
naturally) and shopping.
SCYC is inviting owners of suitable racing
and cruising yachts, multi-hulls and sports
boats to take part in the event. For more
details please visit <www.scor.com.au>
CYCA’s Harry Price drives hard towards a
podium place in last year's Sail Mooloolaba
Match Racing Championship.
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