Sandy Bay cadets win again
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.
WOODEN BOAT RALLY
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.woodenboatguildtas.org.au or www.kyc.yachting.org.au 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.
ANNUAL RACE EVENT
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 Malcolm.email@example.com or Wayne Higgs 0400 907 041 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.