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Will the PM defend his title?
The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull,
has been invited by the Sydney Amateur
Sailing Club to defend his title at this
year’s Gaffer’s Day Regatta on Sunday 8
October. In 2015 the event was won by Rob
Roy, a vintage Couta boat co-owned and
sailed by the PM.
In his official invitation, SASC
Commodore, Bruce Dover, wrote to the
Prime Minister: “We hope that you will
be able to take a few hours ‘off’ from
your public duties to again be part of our
celebration of classic yachts and yachting.”
The club is confident that Mr Turnbull
will accept the challenge if his program
Up to 100 yachts are expected to
participate, competing in seven divisions.
These range from the sturdy old gaff-rigged
yachts of the 1920s and ’30s, through
the historic 18-foot skiffs to the more
modern Bermudan-rigged yachts of the
Also up to 20 Couta boats from Victoria
are expected to make the trip North to
join the fleet, and the legendary 52-foot
S&S offshore racer Dorade, which will be
in Australia during the Spring season, has
also been invited to take part.
To register interest contact the SASC at:
Moreton Bay & Offshore
The Moreton Bay Fishing Classic will
be held from 16-23 July, and is designed
to be fun for ever yone, while promoting
responsible resource conser vation and
environment fishing practice. Anyone can
enter the Classic. The event is based at the
Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club, positioned
at the head of Manly Boat Harbour.
“Last year there were 150 entrants.
This year we are expecting in excess of
500 entrants,” Club Captain Ben Hall said.
There is a real focus on family
involvement this year and there will be
a Juniors competition run in conjunction
with the main open competition. The
category for Juniors is to allow them
to participate and fish while not being
impacted by open category and where
the juniors are able to participate in the
Contact MBTBC at: <http://mbtbc.com.
Sunshine Coast Ocean
The SCYC is inviting owners of
suitable racing, cruising yachts and
multihulls to note the dates of SCOR
from 15-19 July.
Divisions will include: IRC/ORCI;
Performance Spinnaker; Performance
Non Spinnaker and Multihull.
To be held in the sparkling coastal
waters off the Sunshine Coast between
Noosa and Caloundra, SCOR is a great
opportunity for boats heading north to
hone their skills in competitive racing
before heading up to the more northern
Entry Fees will be $100 until 15th June
and $200 thereafter. Berths for visiting
competing boats at Mooloolaba Marina
will be available for the period of the event
at no charge but subject to availability.
For registrations, please visit
www.scor.net.au or phone:
0438 979 946.
Sealink Magnetic Island
The 11th running of ‘Maggie Island’
Race Week will be held from 31 August
to 6 September and members from the
host, Townsville Yacht Club (TYC), are
buoyed up and ready to rumble ahead
of the Coral Sea classic.
Mike Steel, Townsville Yacht Club’s
Event Chairman for Magnetic Island
Race Week, is feeling grateful they can
go ahead with the event at all, because
the region was incredibly left untouched
by Cyclone Debbie.
“ We all bunkered down for Cyclone
Debbie. Fortunately for Townsville and
the Magnetic Island region, we escaped
unscathed,” Steel commented. “ We
were lucky to be on the northern side
of the system, unlike our neighbours in
the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach, who
experienced excessive damage.
At this early stage, entries from
Queensland, NSW and Victoria exceed 20.
The event is open to IRC, PHS, Cruising
in Spinnaker and Non-Spinnaker yachts,
Trailable Yachts, Sports Boats along
with divisions for Multihull Racing and
Entries at: www.
The Ngalawa Cup is a 250nm boat
race through the islands of the Zanzibar
Archipelago off the coast of Tanzania, where
teams test their skills in a Ngalawa ... a
native style vessel still used by fishermen
on the coast of Zanzibar and Tanzania. The
hull consists of a mango tree hollowed out
by hand and the outriggers are tied on with
string with a bed sheet for a sail.
You’ll race for up to seven days depending
on how fast you are. The racecourse opens at
Fancy a 500-mile boat race off Tanzania in a hollowed
out mango tree?
06:30 and closes at 17:30 with time penalties
for being late to shore. Sailing is not allowed
after dark. The racecourse is made up of a
series of compulsory checkpoints where you
will have to choose your own overnight spot
roughing it on uninhabited islets.
The race is organised each year by The
Adventurists, a UK based organisation that
donates funds to a range of charities.
Zanzibar’s main exports include Freddie
Mercury and spices. According to the
organizers, “this is, indeed, an adventure for
those with the very biggest of balls.”
The race starts in Kilwa on the 25 June
2017, finishing on Zanzibar Island. Sign
up is open now at: <www.theadventurists.
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