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Admiral’s Cup regatta
When an informal committee of offshore
veterans first met six months ago to put flesh
on the bones of a Classic Yacht Association
of Australia idea to hold some form of a
regatta to mark the 50th anniversary of
Australia’s first win in the Admiral’s Cup,
their aim was to attract a fleet of 10 yachts.
It now seems likely that more than twice
that number will take part in the event to
be sailed in Sydney from 1-3 December.
“ What most of us believed would be not
much more than a few nostalgic toddles
around the Harbour has taken on a real life
of its own,” says regatta chairman David
Champtaloup. “ We’ve been amazed by the
The regatta comprises two around-the-
buoys harbour races and one short offshore.
Entry is open to any yacht that represented
Australia in the Admiral’s Cup or contested
the selection trials.
Apart from two members of Australia’s
victorious 1967 team, Mercedes III and Caprice
of Huon, the illustrious old ocean racers that
will be racing include Love & War, Kingurra,
Syonara, Mister Christian, Camille, Vittoria,
Sagacious V, Impetuous, Spirit of Koomooloo (the
first Ragamuf fin) and the original Wild Oats.
They will be competing against Mercedes
IV, Too Impetuous, Black Magic, Auric’s Quest,
Apollo VI and Salacia II. In addition, Lorita
Maria and Anitra V have been invited to join
the fleet in recognition of the enormous
contributions made to Australia’s Admiral’s
Cup challenges by Norman Rydge and the
Two of the Regatta Patrons – Gordon
Ingate and Sir James Hardy – will be sailing
as guest helmsmen. No doubt the third
patron, Syd Fischer, will offer his usual
robust brand of criticism from a dry berth
on the spectator boat.
Contact: David Salter at <davidelva@
alpha.net.au> or Peter Shipway at
Bay of Islands Sailing
Week seeks international
NZ’s biggest keelboat regatta and one
of the Southern Hemisphere’s premier
sailing events, Bay of Islands Sailing
Week, takes place from 23-26 January,
2018, when good sailing conditions,
with fine weather and sea breezes, can
generally be expected.
The newly extended Bay of Islands
Marina now boasts an additional 160
berths, and the cruising grounds of the
Bay of Islands offer a wealth of scenic
anchorages and shelter from any wind
While international entrants have
featured at the event in the past,
organisers want to see more overseas
boats join in, and stay on to cruise the
Bay of Islands.
“If you’re thinking of bringing your
boat to New Zealand for the regatta, we’d
love to welcome you,” says Committee
Chair, Manuela Gmuer-Hornell. “ Just get
in touch and we’ll do whatever we can to
make it easier for you.”
Find out more at
Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron’s
Petersville Regatta will run from 27-30
The regatta is open to all keelboats
and sportsboats to enjoy some of the
best racing the bay has to offer. It’s a
great opportunity to venture down the
southern end of Port Phillip Bay, or stay
on after the ORCV Boxing Day Dash on
Tuesday December 26.
Racing will be split into Racing and
Cruising divisions offering something
for ever yone. Your entry includes
complimentary berthing during the
Regatta and an offer of a 30% discount off
normal January rates for every night you
stay on afterwards! But it is booking fast.
Online Entry and NoR available at
Contender Australian and
McCrae Yacht Club in Melbourne,
Victoria, is to host both the 2018
Australian and World Championships
in the International Contender class on
Port Phillip Bay in January when over 80
entries from Australia and worldwide are
expected to attend.
Interest has already been indicated
from Italy, the UK, Germany, Denmark,
France, USA, Canada and of course
Australia, for the Soho Lawyers Australian
Championship to be held from 16 -18
January, and the Sail Whitsundays World
Championship from 19-25 January.
This year’s Worlds in Denmark came
down to the wire until the final race was
abandoned, tipping the Championship in
favour of Queensland’s Jason Beebe from
the outgoing two-time world champion,
Mark Bulka, who happens to represent
McCrae Yacht Club.
More info: <www.mccraeyc.com.au/index.
Mercedes III hard running on the
Solent during the 1967 Admiral’s Cup.
A three day festival celebrating
wooden, classic and model boats will be
held on 10 -12 November at the Jervis Bay
Maritime Museum, Huskisson.
The show will feature a display of
handsome wooden and classic boats,
including some built in the local area.
Detailed boat models will be exhibited
and radio controlled vessels will be setting
sail in the pond on the Museum grounds.
A range of historic surf boards and
other antique nautical objects relating to
early boat building will also be on display.
The three day family-friendly event will
also include a range of fun activities for
the kids. Food and drink will be available
for purchase on site.
Contact the Museum on (02) 4441 5676 or
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