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The Paynesville Classic Boat Rally
will showcase the best of locally owned
and built classic boats that are attracted
to Victoria’s boating capital at the heart
of the Gippsland Lakes from 3-4 March.
This community-run event brings
together boats and boating enthusiasts
from the Gippsland Lakes and around
Australia for a unique exhibition of classic
wooden motor cruisers, ketches, yawls,
sloops, couta boats, H28s, fishing boats,
trawlers, dinghies and speedboats.
The highlight of the 2018 event is
bringing the tall ship Lady Nelson, skippered
by Mal Riley, from Hobart to visit for a
weeklong stay. Not since the early 1980s
has a ship of this size visited the Gippsland
The Rally will include an on-water
“sail-past”, classic boats will be moored
on display along McMillan Strait and the
foreshore. There will be novelty boating
events, a classic sail of parade, the tin shed,
speedboat events, model boats and static
Saturday night we have a maritime
dance at the yacht club for all to enjoy.
Sydney Harbour Regatta
In one of the largest competitive
keelboat regattas in Australia more than
200 keelboats will race across 26 divisions
over 10 course areas, throughout Sydney
Harbour as well as Offshore in the 2018
Sydney Harbour Regatta hosted by Middle
Harbour YC from Saturday 3rd to Sunday
Popular classes at the annual event are:
Open Class in IRC and ORCi (will sail on
windward/leeward courses); Performance
Class Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker and
Classics; Sydney 36; Sydney 38; MC8; Farr
40; Adams 10; Dragon; Etchells; Melges
20, 24 and 32; VX-One, J70 and 5.5m One
Design classes; Super 12; Sports Boats;
Cavalier 28, Performance Class (Super 30);
Production Boats and Historic 18ft Skiffs.
The Yngling keelboat class will also
hold its NSW Championship, ahead of
Yngling Worlds to be held on Lake Garda
in July. Some of Australia’s most decorated
names have graced and won in the class,
among them Olympians Nicky Bethwaite,
Karyn Gojnich, Krystal Weir, Neville Witty
and Melanie Dennison.
The Flag’s Up
Author Peter Poland will be giving a
talk about some of the interesting historical
research he found while writing his book
‘ The Flag’s Up’ on Thursday 8 March
between 2-4 pm at the Australian National
Maritime Museum. Afternoon tea will be
provided and copies of the book will be
The talk is open to Members ($20) and
non-Members ($35) of the Museum. Book
on line at anmm.gov.au /whats-on /calendar
or phone 8241 8378.
Sydney’s Classic &
Wooden Boat Festival
Celebrating the beauty and diversity
of Australia’s heritage vessels and their
craftspeople, the Australian National
Maritime Museum will present the Classic and
Wooden Boat Festival from Friday 13 – Sunday
15 April in Sydney’s iconic Darling Harbour.
A huge range of boats will be on display
over the course of the festival including
Halvorsen crusiers, yachts and skiffs, classic
speedboats, steam launches and workboats
from all around Australia. Also featured will
be the stunning 1924 luxury ketch Hurrica V,
featured in Baz Luhrmann’s film The Great
Gatsby, and SY Ena, a magnificent steam
yacht now in the museum’s collection, both
originally built in Sydney.
Visitors will also discover traditional
maritime skills with line throwing, sculling
and caulking demonstrations throughout
the festival weekend.
Each day a host of arts and crafts
activities for kids will take place in the ‘kid’s
boatshed’. Crafty kids can engage in a smaller
boat building competition and make, float
and race their very own foam boats to win
Entertainment will include live music, a
magician, a jumping castle and food trucks.
Festival goers can also relax with drinks and
music while enjoying the sun setting over
Sydney’s iconic harbour at the museum’s
waterside café Yots.
Sail Port Stephens
Another ripper Sail Port Stephens race
week regatta is predicted for 9 -15 April.
The success of last year’s 10th anniversary
regatta is projected to provide a significant
springboard for entries, with close to 1,000
competitors expected aboard a plethora of
sailing craft – from large racing, cruising
and sports yachts, to junior dinghies and
Included are the Australian Sports Boat
Association (ASBA) national titles, the NSW
IRC Championship with Sydney-Hobart
winner Ichi Ban set to compete, and the
Super 12s state titles, adding to the iconic
Commodores Cup series and Performance
Racing and Cruising Divisions for the
Pantaenius Port Stephens trophy.
The Women Who Sail Australia (WWSA)
group held its first “Gathering on the Bay” as
an entrée to last year’s Sail Port Stephens
and they are also planning to return.
The 16-Footers are also coming for the
first ever Keg Run regatta on 21-22 April as
part of Port Stephens Council’s ‘Season of
Sailing’ promotion. To the winners go six kegs
of beer as a way of letting their hair down.
The region’s three major marinas –
d’Albora Marina Nelson Bay, The Anchorage
and Soldiers Point Marina – all reach berthing
capacity, so competitors are advised to book
well in advance.
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