Sandy Bay cadets win again

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THE Sandy Bay Club team of In­ter­na­tional Cadet sailors won the cov­eted Til­lett Tro­phy for the fifth con­sec­u­tive sea­son at the Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships at Middle Har­bour, in Syd­ney this month.

Six Tas­ma­nian boats fin­ished in the top 10 in the ti­tles.

In the Aus­tralian cham­pi­onship, the top SBSC boat was Im­pulse, sailed by Wil­liam Cooper and Hugo Al­li­son, who placed third af­ter a count­back to Vic­to­rian boat Brothers in Arms.

An­other Vic­to­rian boat, San­dring­ham Yacht Club’s Sama­ran, won the cham­pi­onship.

Among the Tas­ma­ni­ans, brothers Char­lie and Wil­liam Zee­man, sail­ing Drop Bears, fin­ished fourth, a no­table ef­fort in their first Cadet na­tion­als. Also in the top 10 was Mellemi, sailed by Char­lie Good­fel­low and Toby Legg who were also at their first na­tion­als.

With the Cadet World Cham­pi­onships to be held in Ar­gentina next De­cem­ber, the top 10 boats in the Aus­tralian cham­pi­onship will be in­vited to be part of the Aus­tralian team.


EVENTS in south­ern and north­ern Tas­ma­nia and Vic­to­ria over the next few weeks will keep wooden boat en­thu­si­asts happy in the “off” year be­tween the bi­en­nial MyS­tate Aus­tralan Wooden Boat Fes­ti­vals in Hobart. The 2016 Ket­ter­ing Wooden Boat Rally is the fourth held and has grown steadily since it was first held eight years ago with sev­eral fea­tures added to the pro­gram this year. The rally is or­gan­ised by the Ket­ter­ing Yacht Club and the Wooden Boat Guild of Tas­ma­nia.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing will be a range of keel boats, row­ing and pad­dling craft, mo­tor­boats and dinghies.

It runs from Fe­bru­ary 5-7, and there will be a chance for mem­bers of the pub­lic to ar­rive at the event on a Tall Ship — the Win­de­ward Bound and Rhona H from Hobart, and the Yukon from the Huon — in time to watch Rally wa­ter events on the Sun­day af­ter­noon.

KWBR4 sail­ing and mo­tor­ing events will be held on the D’En­tre­casteaux Chan­nel on Satur­day and Sun­day af­ter­noon. The pro­gram in­cludes an event for the clas­sic Der­went Class dubbed the Der­went World Cham­pi­onship.

Rally or­gan­is­ers are urg­ing early reg­is­tra­tion for boat own­ers want­ing to be part of the dis­play of boats on land and afloat. Ac­tiv­i­ties will cen­tre on the Ket­ter­ing Yacht Club’s new water­side premises in Lit­tle Oys­ter Cove with the first event a twi­light sail for early ar­rivals on the Fri­day evening. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.wood­en­boat­guild­ or www.kyc.yacht­ or ring Jim Tay­ton on 0416 248 070 or Roscoe Bar­nett on 0428 024 759. For in­for­ma­tion on voy­ages on the three Tall Ships — the Chan­nel Clas­sic — con­tact ini­tially the Aus­tralian Wooden Boat Fes­ti­val web­site.


MEAN­WHILE, the Launce­s­ton Wooden Boat an­nual Rally will be held on Fe­bru­ary 20 and 21.

It will also wel­come ves­sels from keel boats to dinghies and model boats.

The Rally will be cen­tred on Launce­s­ton’s Sea­port precinct.

Rally or­gan­is­ers also wel­come dis­plays of mar­itime arte­facts and col­lec­tions of marine equip­ment or ob­jects rel­e­vant to mar­itime his­tory. Mal­colm Jones 0419 680 844 or Mal­ or Wayne Higgs 0400 907 041 or en­quiries@wood­en­boa­


AND, later this month, the Geelong Fes­ti­val of Sails will be held over the Aus­tralia Day week­end.

The event, which at­tracts hun­dreds of ves­sels in­clud­ing wooden boats, is or­gan­ised by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club on Co­rio Bay and has been part of the Vic­to­rian sail­ing scene since 1844.


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