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The CYCA will be hosting the Australian
Yachting Championships from the 23-26
The IRC fleet will face a mixture of
short course and passage races to decide
the 2017 national champions.
The AYC is the premier national IRC
racing event that showcases high quality
keelboat racing. This year’s event will
consist of four days of racing off Sydney
Heads comprising of two days of windward/
leeward courses and two days of passage
Like previous years, racing will take
place across the three divisions (Division
1, 2 and 3) with the boat’s size and ratings
determining which division it will be
More info at: http://w w w.cyca.com.
au /club-noticeboard /2017/01/australian-
Royal Sydney Yacht
Squadron Easter Cruise
The 48th Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
Cruise is being held from Easter Monday
17th April until Monday 24th April.
The cruise starts in Sydney and heads
for Broken Bay, Coal and Candle Creek
The cruise is designed to bring together
families and friends for a week to enjoy,
the most pristine cruising grounds of any
location on Australia’s east coast. What
could be better than being anchored in one
of the dozens of secluded bays in company
with other yachts, sharing with friends this
It is held in the second week of the
school holidays so why not get together a
group of friends, borrow, charter or bring
your own boat and have a great family
week on board?
For competitive participants, there is
also a program of up to six races comprising
four inshore races and two passage races
(Sydney to Pittwater and return). Yachts can
enter one or any number of racing events
that suits their crewing arrangements.
For more information go to <http://www.
Avalon Sailing Club Wet
Even happy superannuated Etchells
that have been put out to pasture still dream
about their glory days in the one design
fleets, so every year Avalon Sailing Club
hosts a regatta especially to fulfil those
dreams. This year will be the 10th staging
of the event, to be held on the weekend of
Visiting boats are not only welcome,
they are positively encouraged. In fact, six
of the previous nine regattas have been won
by visiting skippers – David Adams twice,
sailing in a borrowed boat; Larry Eastwood
from Woody Pt YC (Flash Harry-AUS117),
and ex-ASC member and current RPYAC
identity Bruce Dey three times in various
borrowed boats. The other three events
were won by the same boat (Dragon Lady-
AUS 421) sailed by three different skippers.
It’s that kind of a regatta!
Format consist of six races, three each
day with the first race commencing at
13.00hrs with dinner at ASC clubhouse on
For full details please visit <www.
avalonsailingclub.com .au> or contact Ian
Craig 0419 625 298.
Youth Catamaran Regatta
Kurnell Catamaran Club will host
a Youth Catamaran Regatta for sailors
between the ages of 13 and 18 years on
This is a great initiative to support an
elite group of youth sailors for the future of
catamaran sailing in Australia. Even if you
sail a Paper Tiger, an old Maricat, a Hobie
16 or any type of cat, the focus is on skills
development and expert coaches will be
working with the young sailors.
Darren Bundock (Olympic silver
medallist, multiple world champion and
Red Bull Coach) will be joined by Kurnell
sailors Steve Brewin (World and National A
Class Champion, F18 and Taipan Australian
Champion) and Andrew Williams (multiple
Taipan Australian Champion) who will
donate their time to train the kids.
To be eligible sailors need to be born in
or after 1998 and before 2003. Bring, borrow
or steal your chosen catamaran. The focus
will be on racing training so young sailors
need to be familiar with their catamaran.
This is not an entry level learn to sail course.
Cost is $100 for a single-handed cat
and $115 for double-handed which includes
the competitors’ dinner on Saturday night.
More information at <http://w w w.kcc.
Sail Port Stephens
The Australian Sports Boat Association
is holding its national championship on the
final weekend of the 10th anniversary Sail
Port Stephens, April 7-9.
“ We expect a good fleet this year with
lots of interest and not just from the J70s,
Melges 24s, Shaw 650s and Viper 640s, but
also some more highly powered sports boats
from the eastern states,” ASBA president
Chris Bland said.
Graham Sherringis the reigning Australian
champion in the Leach 750 he extended last
year from a Leach 650. Andrew York’s REO
Speedwagon, a VX1 blown out to 7.2m, and the
NSW and Victorian state champion Peter Ray
in his Shaw 650 are just two of the challengers
who will be taking it to Sherring on the flat
waters of Port Stephens.
ASBA brings together trailerable planing
keel boats with asymmetrical spinnakers
between 5.8 and 8.5 metres into mixed
“ The great thing about sports boat
racing is different boats with different design
philosophies and build characteristics
compete together. We are a bunch of people
who like sailing fast keel boats in great
locations around Australia, and we don’t
mind if you have a one design sports boat or
you have developed your own,” Bland added.
Enter the sports boat nationals via the
Sail Ports Stephens website <http://ww w.
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