Re­gatta sea­son starts its run

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THE re­gatta sea­son in south­ern Tas­ma­nia starts next Tues­day, Aus­tralia Day with the 168th Sandy Bay Re­gatta fol­lowed by the 176th Royal Hobart Re­gatta over the week­end of Fe­bru­ary 5-8 on the Der­went River.

Al­though sail­ing events have been re­vived sig­nif­i­cantly at the Royal Hobart Re­gatta, there will be none at the Sandy Bay event. How­ever, the pro­gram in­cludes a wind­surfer “dash for cash”, row­ing, kayak­ing, ca­noe­ing and dragon boats events and a dis­play of power­boats.

Mean­while there are big fleets of sail­ing craft ex­pected for one of the fastest-grow­ing re­gat­tas in Tas­ma­nia, the high-pro­file, all-sail­ing Banjo’s Shore­line Crown Se­ries Bel­lerive re­gatta run by the Bel­lerive Yacht Club over the week­end of Fe­bru­ary 19-21.

The Crown Se­ries is now firmly es­tab­lished as one of the ma­jor sail­ing events on the Der­went River and is spe­cial in that it is open to all types of rac­ing sail­ing boats from sail­boards and Sabot dinghies to high­per­for­mance sports boats, cruiser/ rac­ers and har­bour and ocean rac­ing yachts.

This year, en­tries will also be ac­cepted from large mul­ti­hulls as well as off-the-beach cata­ma­rans.

Up to 200 boats are ex­pected to com­pete in the Crown Se­ries which, as well as pro­vid­ing keen com­pe­ti­tion for a range of keel­boats in­clud­ing onedesign classes, it is one of the few ma­jor re­gat­tas in Aus­tralia which also caters for off-the-beach classes.

Bel­lerive Yacht Club com­modore Gra­ham Mans­field said the re­gatta would pro­vide “fierce and fair’’ on­wa­ter com­pe­ti­tion as well as on­shore en­ter­tain­ment at the BYC club­house for crews, friends and fam­i­lies.

Spec­tac­u­lar sail­ing will cen­tre on the Tas­ma­nian cham­pi­onship for the SB20 Sports Boat class, Hobart’s largest one-de­sign keel­boat class with an ex­pected fleet of 20 boats.

The cham­pi­onship will be the fi­nal lead-up for 10 of th­ese boats which will be shipped to Vic­to­ria at the end of next month to com­pete in the SB20 Aus­tralian cham­pi­onship at Blair­gowrie Yacht Squadron Port Phillip Bay from March 3-9.

The SB20 class is ex­pected to ex­pand rapidly in Tas­ma­nia over the next sea­sons with World cham­pi­onships to be sailed on the Der­went River in 2018 and ex­pected to at­tract an in­ter­na­tional fleet of about 100 SB20s.

The Crown Se­ries Re­gatta is sup­ported with en­tries from clubs on both sides of the Der­went and keel­boat rac­ing al­ways en­gen­ders cross-river ri­valry be­tween yachts from the BYC and the Royal Yacht Club of Tas­ma­nia and Der­went Sail­ing Squadron.

Then there is the an­nual “world cham­pi­onship’’ se­ries within the re­gatta be­tween three near-iden­ti­cal Mumm 36s — Ian Ste­wart’s Tas Paints and Jeff Cordell’s B & G Ad­van­tage from the BYC and RYCT chal­lenger Gavin Adam­son’s Mad­ness.

The re­gatta sail­ing fun is not only be­tween highly-tuned dinghies and keel­boats but also an op­por­tu­nity for own­ers of pro­duc­tion yachts such as Jean­neaus and Beneteaus to com­pete in the non-spin­naker and cruiser/racer divi­sions.

The no­tice of race/en­try form is avail­able from yacht clubs or can be down­loaded from the BYC/Crown web­site: byc.org.au/in­dex.php/ crown-se­ries

Other up­com­ing sail­ing re­gat­tas in­clude the Cygnet Re­gatta from March 11-14, the Port Esper­ance Re­gatta on March 26-27 and the Barnes Bay Re­gatta on April 2.

TALL

LO­CAL tall ships Win­de­ward Bound, Yukon and Rhona H have part­nered with the Royal Hobart Re­gatta and Ket­ter­ing Wooden Boat Rally or­gan­is­ers to of­fer mem­bers of the pub­lic sail­ing trips be­tween two won­der­ful mar­itime events on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 7 and Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 8.

For the Sun­day sail­ing, pas­sen­gers will join their ship at the El­iz­a­beth St Pier, Hobart for an early morn­ing start al­low­ing about three hours to reach Ket­ter­ing in the D’En­tre­casteaux Chan­nel and watch the day’s wa­ter events at the Rally from the boats.

In the af­ter­noon par­tic­i­pants can join in Rally events based around the Ket­ter­ing Yacht Club be­fore board­ing a bus back to Hobart.

On the Mon­day, peo­ple can catch a bus leav­ing early from Brooke St Pier, Hobart to board the boats at Ket­ter­ing for a cruise up the River Der­went ar­riv­ing in time to be part of one of Aus­tralia’s old­est mar­itime events — the Royal Hobart Re­gatta — join­ing the pa­rade of clas­sic and wooden boats.

The whole two-day sail­ing pro­gram, dubbed the Chan­nel Clas­sic, is be­ing co-or­di­nated by the Aus­tralian Wooden Boat Fes­ti­val and full de­tails on book­ing voy­ages can be ac­cessed at awbf.com.au.

Ticket prices in­clude the cost of coach trips to or from Hobart and meals and re­fresh­ments.

FI­NAL­IST

MEAN­WHILE in other AWBF news over the week­end of Fe­bru­ary 7-8, the fes­ti­val is a na­tional fi­nal­ist in the ma­jor events cat­e­gory of the Aus­tralian Tourism Awards to be an­nounced in Mel­bourne.

Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers are also pre­par­ing for a visit to Hobart of Dutch Con­sulate of­fi­cials want­ing to see the wa­ter­front site in prepa­ra­tion for par­tic­i­pa­tion by Hol­land in the 2017 fes­ti­val which will run from Fe­bru­ary 10-13, in­clu­sive.

The AWBF is also ap­peal­ing for vol­un­teers, par­tic­u­larly from the ranks of vol­un­teer work­ers from past fes­ti­vals, to help man an in­for­ma­tion booth at the Royal Hobart Re­gatta to dis­trib­ute in­for­ma­tion sheets and early fes­ti­val de­tails.

FREE

THE Kingston Beach Sail­ing Club is of­fer­ing adults the chance to dis­cover sail­ing — for free — next Tues­day.

The club will be part of the Day on the Beach cel­e­bra­tions for Aus­tralia Day and ex­pe­ri­enced mem­bers will be avail­able be­tween 10am and 2pm to take peo­ple out for a sail (weather per­mit­ting). The club’s fleet of green and gold Pacer dinghies will be used for the in­tro­duc­tory ses­sions.

Book­ings can also be made on the day for younger sailors to sign up for the club’s Tacker classes which start next Thurs­day and Fri­day and there­after on Satur­day morn­ings.

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