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Sydney Short Ocean
Middle Harbour Yacht Club is
celebrating 40 years of SSORC, the opening
offshore regatta of the season on 26-27
Widely regarded as ideal preparation
for the serious yachts and entering the
annual dash to Hobart, the SSORC is also
another opportunity for regatta regulars
to take on the blue water in the brilliant
Saturday will be a competitive Ocean
Passage Race. At same time, the fun and
challenging Seven Islands Race will be
held for inshore yachts.
Supported by Helly Hansen, MHYC is
also introducing some innovations for the
Sunday racing, replacing the shorter race
format with a single Ocean Race using a
hybrid course of laid and virtual marks to
provide competitive racing for all types
of boats. IRC, ORCi, PHS and one-design
categories are eligible to enter.
Visit <www.ssorc .mhyc.com.au> for race
documents and online entry.
Volvo Ocean Race –
Melbourne Race Village
The Volvo Ocean Race is coming
to Melbourne’s Docklands over the
Christmas/New Years period from 27 Dec
2017 – 2 Jan 2018.
Volunteers, or Port Crew as we like to
call them, are a vital part of this event.
There are heaps of options available
from helping look after the Port Crew, to
Try Sailing, hospitality, media or general
public relations to help answer questions
and guide visitors. If you can help out, we
would love to have you!
Port Crew will be remunerated with
a top-of-the-line Musto uniform which
will be yours to keep. The more days you
volunteer, the more merch you get.
Two days gets you a t-shirt and a cap,
four days will receive 2 t-shirts, a cap and
a jacket, six or more days will get a cap, 2
t-shirts, a jacket and a fleece. You will also
be fed and watered during your shift ... plus
you get to be a part of this incredible event.
If you’re interested in becoming
a member of the Port Crew team you
can contact Allicia Rae <allicia@
Race Carnival begins
The countdown is on for the
Whitsunday Clipper Race Carnival, after
the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
set sail from the UK in August on an epic
The Whitsundays has been named
as official host port for the final stop
of the race’s Australian leg, from 13 -29
The stopover will be complemented
by the Whitsunday Clipper Race Carnival,
a region-wide festival of entertainment
and activities for sailors, spectators and
the local community.
The carnival is expected to
attract more than 4,000 visitors to the
Whitsundays and generate more than $3
million for the local economy.
The week-long Whitsunday Clipper
Race Carnival will be a Whitsunday
regional event and is set to include a
large-scale welcome event, a rodeo by
the sea, a concert and a spectacular Long
Lunch on Whitehaven Beach.
With around 240,000 international
travellers visiting the Whitsundays each
year, this sends a strong message post
Cyclone Debbie that it is very much
business as usual.
For more information visit <www.
Sail Sydney a launch pad
for Olympic Campaigns
Woollahra Sailing Club will host the
23rd edition of Sail Sydney from December
11-17 with the support of Drummoyne SC,
Middle Harbour YC and Royal Sydney YS.
Sail Sydney is shaping up to attract
more than 300 local, national and
international competitors across 23
Olympic Classes will compete for the
first four days of the regatta with Australian
Sailing Team and Squad Crews set to try to
tame Sydney Harbour. Under the recently
announced Tasman Series with Australian
Sailing and Yachting New Zealand, Sail
Sydney is now positioned to attract the
best Olympic Class sailors in the southern
Invited Classes will take the reins from
December 15 which will include; 29er, 420,
Nacra 15, Pacer, Laser 4.7, Optimist Open,
Intermediate and Green Fleet, Bic Techno
(Ripper League and Ripper Races), RS:X
Men and Women, Elliot, International
Cadet, Sabot 1 Up, Open Bic, Manly Juniors,
Flying 11 and Tasar.
Sail Sydney website
Perhaps the most famous of all classic
ocean racers, Dorade has come ‘Down Under’
for the Australian season and will be the
guest of honour on Gaffers Day at the Sydney
Amateur Sailing Club on Mosman Bay on
Sunday 8 October.
It will be a unique experience to see
her among the fleet of more than 80 classic
yachts that come together every two years
to celebrate the history of sailing on Sydney
Co-owned by skipper Matt Brooks and
his wife Pam Rorke Levy since 2010, the
yacht is currently engaged in an ambitious
campaign to compete again in all the major
ocean races Dorade won in the 1930s – the
Legendary US classic yacht Dorade to be guest of
honour at Gaffers Day
Transatlantic, Newport-Bermuda, Fastnet
and Transpac. As well, Brooks and his crew
could not resist coming Down Under to sail
in the Hamilton Island Regatta and Sydney-
The public is welcome to visit the club
where the yachts gather. Admission is free,
and a breakfast BBQ opens at 8:00am. The
rum & bubbly tent begins dispensing “heart-
starters” from 10:00 and the traditional
starting cannon is fired at noon. The ferry
Proclaim will follow the fleet.
Contact SASC on 02 9953 1433; <office@
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