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Heaven Can Wait Regatta
The 12th anniversary of the biggest
Charity Sailing Regatta on Lake Macquarie
The Heaven Can Wait Regatta, is
scheduled to run over the weekend of 24-
The Regatta will again be a part of
Lakefest <www.lakefest.com .au> – a
celebration of aquatic activity on Lake
Macquarie running from Saturday 17
February to Sunday 4 March.
The regatta is somewhat unique in that
it is the only Australian overnight round
the cans charity fund raising regatta –
primarily supporting the Hunter Branch of
Cancer Council NSW with a small amount
of the proceeds going to Marine Rescue
Lake Macquarie. The Regatta is organised
and run by the Royal Motor Yacht Club
Toronto. Since inception, the Regatta has
raised more than $250,000 in support of
the charities – almost $80,000 in the past
The 2018 regatta is open to yachts, multi
hulls, trailer sailers, dinghies and other off-
the-beach type vessels such as Moths, kite
boards and sailboards. Specially designed
courses have been chosen to cater for these
different types of vessels.
The regatta will kick off with the
customary Charity Dinner and Auction on
Friday 23 February at the Royal Motor
Yacht Club Toronto.
Entries at www.rmyctoronto.com.au
A Compass class regatta will be held
at Vaucluse Yacht Club in Watsons Bay
on Saturday 10th February. To start the
regatta off, Vaucluse YC Compass owners
will host a ‘get together’ BBQ on Friday
9th, from 6pm.
A presentation of the Jim Brown Trophy
‘Pumpkin Award’ for the longest voyage in
a Compass yacht in the past 12 months will
go to Northerner 28 Alibi for a trip from
Melbourne to Whitsundays and stopping
by Sydney enroute to Hobart.
Also Don Lees will be with us this
year. A chippy by trade, he started building
Endeavours in 1964 and met Gunther
Heuchmer. Together they designed the
Northerner 28 which morphed into the C28.
Then came the Southerly 23 and
Westerly 26, the Compass 29, the Compass
38, Compass 40, Compass Farr 1104,
Compass 750 and Compass Innovator 33.
1,000 boats from two blokes with a bucket
and brush who took Australia by storm
and still introduce so many newbies to
Contact Geoff Raebel <raebel.g@iinet.
of the Sea
The Festival of the Sea is an annual
event which commenced in 2008 and is
held over the Easter weekend at the Albany
Boatshed site on the Albany foreshore in
the Great Southern region of WA.
It is now considered to be one of the
important events on the Great Southern
tourist calendar. The Festival has attracted
large crowds (between 6-8,000 annually)
and each year has promoted more products
and events popular with locals and a large
number of tourists.
Part of this event is the highly popular
boat building competition on Easter
Saturday 31st March where teams are
given space and material to construct a craft
during the Festival and at the end of the
day race it round a course for Cash Prizes.
First in Final Race $1000, 2nd $250, Best
Boat $250, Popular Choice $200.
All in the public eye this competition
combines skill and ingenuity and the results
are often hilarious and surprising.
Contact the Boat Shed on 08 9841 1597;
contacts: Nik Rolph 0423 40 5500. Geoff
Griffiths 0432 65 2714.
The momentum and tension is building
as the 29 boats taking part in the Sundance
Marine Melbourne Osaka Cup 2018 continue
to arrive in Melbourne ahead of the first
Conducted by Sandringham Yacht Club
(SYC), the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria
(ORCV) and Japan’s Hokko Yacht Club
(OHYC), the Melbourne Osaka Double-
Handed Yacht Race Limited is the organising
authority for this double-handed race is held
every four years. At 5,500 nautical miles it
is Australia’s longest ocean race and one of
the only south-north long distance races
in the world.
To start off Portsea Pier, the race has a
starting window commencing on 18 Ma r ch,
with the main start on Sunday, 25 March and
a third start for the faster boats on 1 April.
Entries have come from Victoria, Western
Australia, South Australia, Queensland,
NSW, Tasmania, Hong Kong and Japan.
Among the entries are Joanna Breen’s
Morning Star. The 28 year-old Tasmanian
will sail with her double-handed partner,
“ The Melbourne Osaka has been on my
bucket list for a few years,” s aid Breen who
only took up offshore racing three years ago.
The Edge (David Kenny/Paul Schulz) and
Kraken (Todd Giraudo/David ‘Dubbo’ White)
Yarra Bay Sailing Club
Yarra Bay Sailing Club
which was founded in 1928
is turning 90 this year and
to celebrate is holding a get
together in the Clubhouse on
the17th February commencingat6pmand
is inviting everyone who sailed there, or just
came along to the Club to enjoy themselves
over the years, to attend.
In the early 1950s YBSC used to
successfully field anything from 14-18
starters on a Sunday and you were paid a
pound to start and another pound if you
finished plus weekly prize money for 1st, 2nd
and 3rd which, if you did any good, offset
expenses which is a bit different to today.
YBSC also had a VJ Division and quite
a strong Skate division which raced on
Saturdays and those racing included the
twice time Australian Skate Champion John
Gettens and his crew Keith who sailed O’Lay.
Yarra Bay SC, Yarra Road, Phillip
Bay NSW. Tel: 02 9311 2592; info@
Melbourne Osaka Cup
have arrived from Perth and are moored
An initiative of the City and Port of
Osaka and the Port of Melbourne to mark
the 125th anniversary of the founding of the
port of Osaka, the Melbourne Osaka Cup was
inaugurated in 1987 and started on 21 March.
More information at: http://
Hokko Osaka Yacht Club members
welcome arrivals in 2013.
Joanna Breen aboard her Morning Star.
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