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Formula 18 Catamarans
Frankston City is fast becoming a
major boating and water sports epicentre
in Melbourne, with its recently improved
boat launching facilities, pristine water and
beaches, secluded coastlines and now the
recently completed Frankston Yacht Club.
The yacht club, with the support of
Frankston City Council, will host the 2017
Victorian Formula 18 and 16 Catamaran
State Titles from 11-13 March.
The international class catamarans
offer spectacular and exciting racing for
competitors and spectators alike, reaching
speeds of up to 50kph with their colourful
spinnakers and occasional capsizes.
Australia boasts one of the most
competitive sailing fleets in the world and
is home to the third largest F18 fleet in
Australia. Frankston Yacht Club itself has
one of the biggest F18 fleets in Australia.
Spectator viewing will be available
along the Frankston foreshore throughout
Lake Macquarie Classic
One of our members Alf Jacobson
brought in an old copy of Afloat from
February 2003 for our morning boatshed
coffee break discussions. It shows a photo
of 10ft historic skiffs Commonwealth and Viola
racing. Both will be on display at our Classic
Boatfest event held in Rathmines Park, Lake
Macquarie NSW, on the foreshore beside
our Boatshed No 1 on 19th February.
Commonwealth will be racing against
other historic skiffs as part of the regatta
organised by the 10ft Historic Skiffs
association. We will be commencing the
restoration of Viola in the near future.
Fifty men and women members
currently have six boat building,
refurbishing and restoration projects in
our two workshops. Both workshops will
be open to the public for Boatfest. One of
our current projects is the building of a
22ft St. Ayles Skiff designed by Australian,
Lake Macquarie Classic Boat
Graeme Bishop, LMCBA, 02 4959 4900;
Sydney SUP festival
The Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay
will be hosting the 4th Sydney SUP Festival
over the weekend of 18-19 February.
Open to all of the community, over 100
competitors are expected. A number of new
events will make sure this is a weekend to
be well remembered.
The Sydney SUP Festival has grown
each year and now enjoys major status
on the SUP calendar. The event has been
supported by NSW Sport and Recreation,
and MP Rob Stokes has kindly accepted
the roll of Patron and will compete over the
weekend. Its international ranking status
will attract the very best paddlers.
For the kids a Jumping Castle, Live
Entertainment and great food all day long
with numerous bars overlooking Pittwater.
More info at www.royalmotor.com.au ;
RMYC 9997 5511.
Heaven Can Wait
The biggest Charity Sailing Regatta
on Lake Macquarie – The Heaven Can
Wait Regatta, is scheduled to run over the
weekend of 18-19 February. This unique
regatta – the only Australian overnight
round the cans charity fund raising regatta
primarily supports the Hunter Branch of
Cancer Council NSW with a small amount of
the proceeds going to Marine Rescue Lake
Macquarie. The Regatta is organised and run
by RMYC Toronto.
The 2017 regatta is open to yachts, multi
hulls, trailer sailers, dinghies and other off
the beach type vessels such as moths, kite
boards and sailboards. Specially designed
courses have been chosen to cater for these
different types of vessels – the Long One Lap
Dash, 12 and 24 hour races for yachts, multi
hulls and trailer sailers that meet the safety
audit requirements, and shorter courses for
other trailer sailers, dinghies and off the
The regatta will kick off with a Charity
Dinner on Friday February 17th at the Royal
Motor Yacht Club Toronto. Crews can enter
their boats by going to www.rmyctoronto.
The Regatta will again be a part of
Lakefest (www.lakefest.com .au) a week-
long celebration of aquatic activity on Lake
Macquarie running from 17-26 February.
National 4x4 Outdoors
Show, Fishing & Boating
The action-packed outdoors haven for
fishermen, boat enthusiasts and outback
tourers, the National 4x4 Outdoors Show,
Fishing & Boating Expo, is returning to the
Brisbane Showgrounds from 31 March – 2
There’s entertainment for the whole
family – learn about fishing, camping and
4WD’ing from the experts while the kids
are mesmerised by the awesome stunts and
performances in the Action Arena.
The must-attend event will bring tens-
of-thousands of fishing, boating, camping,
outdoors and 4x4 products from over 200
leading exhibitors and retailers, together in
one central location.
Go to www.4x4show.com.au/BRI
2017 Sydney Harbour
Middle Harbour Yacht Club’s Sydney
Harbour Regatta will be held over the
weekend of 4-5 March.
In broadening its appeal, NSW’s largest
keelboat regatta has been expanded to
include the Farr 40 and the Sydney 38
International Championship, with overseas
and interstate entries expected.
Adding to increasing numbers in 2017,
MHYC will also host the Yngling and J70
national titles, while the Etchells and Dragon
keel boats return following a two-year hiatus,
resulting in a strong showing from RSYS.
Larger yachts sailing in the IRC and ORCi
classes are offered windward/leeward and
passage divisions, enabling them to ‘warm-
up’ for the impending Australian Yachting
Championship. A Sydney 36 division will
race alongside these boats.
A Performance class (Ocean Passage)
and Harbour courses for Performance Class
boats in Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker and
Classic divisions and Production Boat Class
(X-Yacht, Hanse) will again draw big numbers.
All entries will close at 2400 hours on
Monday 20 February.
Enter on line at: www.shr.mhyc.com.au
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