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– RMYC Broken Bay
The international Finn Association of
Australia has announced the Royal Motor
Yacht Club of Broken Bay will be hosting
the 2017 National Championship from
This will be sailed predominantly off
Broken Bay with an expected 25+ turnout.
The Finn holds the prestige of being an
Olympic Class since 1952, and is still the
chosen one design heavy weight one man
dinghy for Tokyo 2020.
This absolute thoroughbred class is
highly demanding physically and always
attracts highly skilled sailors for close
tactical racing. This will be a highlight
regatta for competitors and spectators
over the January month to come and enjoy
all the beauty the peninsular has to offer.
The entry link can be found through the
Royal Motor Yacht Club’s website <www.
don’t forget to come to the Regatta Village
to soak up the sailing action and enjoy even
more food, activities and entertainment.
And of course, there is the Australia Day
firework display at the foreshore on Thursday,
January 26, from 9.15pm onwards.
Registrations for the 2017 Festival of Sails
are now open, more information can be found
Sail Maldives yacht rally
Entries are now open for the first
edition of the Sail Maldives yacht rally
set to be one of the most exotic and
spectacular events of its kind. The Indian
Ocean archipelago is gearing up to welcome
participants from around the world to its
26 sun-soaked atolls, famous for their gin-
clear waters and powdered sugar beaches.
The north-to-south rally, which takes
over a month to complete, commences
on 20th January 2017 at Uligamu in Haa
Alif Atoll. Participants will stop at various
islands along the way and there will be a
scheduled stop at a checkpoint in Baa Atoll
(a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve),
before the vessels continue south, crossing
the equator via the Zero Degree Channel.
The rally concludes in the Maldives’ most
southerly atoll, Addu Atoll, where the
British established a military base during
World War Two due to its deep, safe natural
The rally will take around 45 days,
with participants navigating the reefs and
channels of this nation of 1,190 tiny islands.
Although the Maldives is positioned in
the Indian Ocean, technically it occupies
an area of the Indian Ocean called the
Laccadive Sea, which also borders India,
Sri Lanka and the Lakshadweep islands.
For more information and to register for
Sail Maldives visit www.sailmaldives.net
Viper world champion to
strike at Geelong
Up to 40 Viper catamarans are expected
to contest the International Viper Class
World Championship 2017 from 7-15
January and hosted by the Royal Geelong
Yacht Club with racing on Corio Bay.
Reigning Viper world title holder
Emmanuel Le Chapelier will sail with Theo
Constance given his crew from their 2014
win, Eric Le Bouedec, isn’t available.
Eighteen-year-old Aussie twins Tayla
and Harrison Rietman from Sandringham,
Melbourne were once a crew, until
dynamics determined they were better
off on separate boats. They split and
more positive results started to flow, and
importantly family harmony was restored.
Tayla will skipper her Viper Thanks Again
Dad, under the Port Melbourne Yacht Club
burgee and her brother will crew for the
latest whiz kid, 14-year-old Jack Challands,
son of the Australian Viper class president
Entries are open online and
eligible crews may enter via www.
viperworlds2017.com by 5pm Monday
December 19, 2016.
Following on from this year’s successful
event, planning is in full swing for the 2017
Festival of Sails in Geelong, to be held from
21-27 January – with plenty of sailing action
and shoreside entertainment.
As the largest keelboat regatta in the
southern hemisphere, the Festival of Sails
traditionally kicks off with the Passage Race
from Melbourne to Geelong, and 2017 is no
different – however, the 2017 Passage Race
promises to be even
with Jubilee Sailing
tall ship Tenacious
leading the way.
Festival of Sails
there were a few
additions to the
racing schedule in
2017, including a
separate series for the Grand Prix boats,
a new extended series for Off-The-Beach
dinghies, trailerable racing classification
and tall ships, alongside the ever popular
categories of Sydney 38s, VX Ones, S80s
“ This year we had 320 boat entries and
2,502 competitors, and more than 110,000
visitors came to Geelong’s foreshore to enjoy
the extensive program – and we’re hoping
to grow that participation further in 2017,”
Among the shoreside activities the
always popular Rex Gorell Land Rover
Terrapod is returning to the Festival
bigger and better, and the usual line-up of
musicians, street performers and children’s
entertainment will join a vast array of food
trucks and market stalls.
There will be free Discover Sailing
activities for the kids on Eastern Beach, free
entertainment and incredible waterski shows
in Steampacket Garden, culinary choices and
markets all the way along the foreshore and
2017 Festival of Sails has plenty to offer
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