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70th Maria Island Race
One of Australia’s oldest ocean races,
the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s 180nm
Maria Island Race, will celebrate its 70th
anniversary when it starts on Friday, 17
The race around the rugged south-east
coast of Tasmania, ranks second only to
the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in
post-World War II ocean racing longevity.
To mark the anniversary, RYCT is
planning a number of events leading up
to the start, including a reunion dinner for
past competitors and a pre-race function
for skippers and crew members in the final
lead-up to the 2017 race.
The Maria Island Race traditionally
starts off Castray Esplanade on the
foreshore of Hobart’s historic Battery Point
at 7pm. This gives the fleet a twilight sail
down the Derwent and then an overnight
sail across Storm Bay, around Tasman
Island and then an early morning and
all-day sail up the East Coast and around
elongated Maria Island.
From the northern tip of Maria Island,
the fleet sails down the Mercury Passage,
passing the seaside town of Orford and
back to round Tasman Island for the finish
legs across Storm Bay and up the River
Winner of the inaugural race in 1947
was the Tasmanian designed and built
cutter Westward which went on to win the
Sydney-Hobart that year and again in 1948.
Sailors interested in competing can
contact Nick Hutton at <firstname.lastname@example.org.
au> or on (03) 6223 4599. NoR at: <www.
Royal Geelong Yacht
Club bid for three Major
Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) is
targeting three new World Championship
Sailing events in the next four years which
could bring more than 700 visitors and
an estimated economic benefit of almost
$3.7million to Geelong.
RGYC is currently in the bidding to
deliver the 49er/NACRA World Titles in
January, 2020; the Laser Masters World
Titles in March, 2020; and the Fireball World
Championships in January, 2022 in Geelong.
These three new World Titles would
add to the impressive list of major
national and international sailing events
already held in Geelong, such as the
Viper World Championship, the i14 World
Championships, the Wooden Boat Festival
and the Melges 24 World Championships.
RGYC is well-known as the home of the
annual Festival of Sails – Geelong’s largest
event and acknowledged as one of just 11
major events in Victoria – which this year
had an economic benefit to Geelong of
more than $12million and attracted more
than 100,000 visitors.
NOR for 175th Festival of Sails from
January 26-28, 2018 is available at: https://
NSW Couta Week
The Thistle Cup Regatta for Couta
boats hosted by Royal Prince Edward YC on
Friday 6th October is the opening event
of NSW Couta Week with boats travelling
from Victoria, Pittwater and WA adding to
the Sydney fleet.
The following day the fleet re-assembles
in a race organised by Sydney Amateurs
Sailing Club (SASC) in Cremorne for the
Muriel Trophy, named after Tim Phillip’s
restored Couta boat originally built in 1917,
which this year will once again be travelling
to Sydney from Sorrento to compete.
The SASC host their bi-annual Gaffer’s
Day regatta on Sunday 8th October, and the
25-strong Couta fleet will start as a separate
division in what will be a spectacular display
of over 100 classic and gaff-rigged boats on
The Couta Boat Nationals will be held
the following weekend on Pittwater.
The Australian Society of Marine Artists
(ASMA) will be holding its 2017 National
Exhibition at the Royal Art Society of NSW
Gallery from 12-29 October.
The Exhibition will showcase the best
examples of ASMA members’ diverse artistic
styles that masterfully illustrate the rich
maritime heritage, beautiful coastlines and
waterways of our nation celebrating the
finest examples of marine art in Australia.
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht
Club Marine East Coast
The Club Marine East Coast
Blue Water Pointscore Series
(BWPS) is Royal Prince Alfred
YC’s premier offshore Series,
conducted along the east coast
of Australia between September and April,
which now includes the new Club Marine
Pittwater to Paradise Regatta <www.
The 2017-18 Series begins on Saturday
23 September at 10:00am with a Pittwater
to Bird Island return race.
The Series format sees a wide range
of Bluewater offshore conditions with
distances ranging from 18 to 370nm and
a mixture of Category 2 overnight races
and Category 3 daylight races. Many crews
have used the Series to prepare themselves
for taking on the diverse conditions of the
Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race.
The Exhibition will be officially opened
by Sir James G Hardy KBE, OBE at 7pm Friday
13 October 2017. Gallery Hours: 10.00am-
4.00pm Mon to Fri; 11.00am-4.00pm Sat
All works will be for sale
The ASMA 2017 National Marine Art Exhibition
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