Offshore Yachting : February March 2013
RACE WEEKS 070 GEOGRAPHE BAY RACE WEEK When: 15-22 February Where: 107 nm from Fremantle Go for: Famous WA-style hospitality. Stay for: Ocean sunsets. Kicking off the calendar year is Redink Geographe Bay Race Week. The largest yacht regatta in Western Australia, Geographe Bay is also one of the fastest growing. This year introducing several new divisions including Flying Tigers, Bull 9000's and Thompson 870's, this is the un- missible regatta for those in WA or those in need of a reason to visit. www.gbyc.com.au XXXX SAIL PARADISE When: 15-17 March Where: Gold Coast Go for: The Gold Coast's brilliant March weather. Stay for: Plenty of XXXX. The fourth year of this Gold Coast event run by the Southport Yacht Club will see a wide variety of offshore divisions, from sports boats to competitive IRC division Keel Boats. Queensland's regatta scene is so strong, but XXXX Sail Paradise fills a vacant gap in the racing calendar. Plenty of on-shore entertainment and the annual 'Go to Blazers Regatta' mean this event is also plenty of fun. www.sailparadise.com.au SAIL PORT STEPHENS When: 15-21 April Where: Port Stephens, 2.5 hour drive north of Sydney Go for: Affordable and convenient. Stay for: Sailing on a bay nine times bigger than Sydney Harbour. Sail Port Stephens is the fastest growing regatta in the country, and for good reason. Rapidly expanding from 28 yachts in the inaugural event in 2008, Sail Port Stephens now fields a fleet in triple figures and has become an essential stop on the East Coast circuit. A relaxed yet competitive racing program complemented by plenty of casual 'catching-up' means Sail Port Stephens is ideal for those seeking a cost effective way to join the regatta circuit. www.sailportstephens.com.au TAHITI PEARL REGATTA When: 5-8 May Where: Tahiti, French Polynesia Go for: Crystal waters and spectacular islands. Stay for: Dancing on the beach. The Tahiti Pearl Regatta is a four- day affair offering a mix of racing on the on the lagoons that surround Tahiti's stunning islands as well as between the islands themselves. The Polynesian way of life runs through this event, so don't be surprised if some of it is run on 'island time'. The clarity of the lucid turquoise lagoons will make up for this, and once you're running on 'island time' you won't want to stop. If you aren't keen to sail all the way north, chartering options are available. For instance, Mariner Boating charters fully-equipped racing yachts and catamarans for the Tahiti Pearl Regatta and indeed all three of the big Asian Regattas. www.marinerboating.com.au www.tahitipearlregatta.org.pf AIRLIE BEACH RACE WEEK When: 15-18 August Where: Airlie Beach, QLD Go for: Plenty of fun. Stay for: Sundown cocktails with your new friends. Every August for the last 23 years, thousands of sailors have got together in what was dubbed the 'tropical shirt regatta'. The name (and attitude) has stuck. Airlie Beachers are serious about one thing -- fun. There are tales from previous years involving concrete trucks full of coconuts arriving unannounced, of sailors discovering Airlie Beach's notorious Rum Bar... It's hard to go wrong with a setting like the Whitsundays -- the famed patch of water that comes as close to 'tropical paradise' as you will find in Australia. www.airliebeachraceweek.com.au THE CIRCUIT THE ULTIMATE YEAR FOR MANY WOULD BE SPENT LIVING A GYPSY LIFESTYLE, MOVING FROM ONE REGATTA TO THE NEXT, AND WINNING A FEW ALONG THE WAY. WELL, NOW THERE IS NO EXCUSE -- OUR PART OF THE WORLD PUTS ON A LINEUP OF WORLD-CLASS RACE WEEKS THAT OUTLINES THE PERFECT WAY TO SPEND A YEAR. SHARON SMALLWOOD / JASON BUSCH PHOTOGRAPHY GOOD TIMES Top: The Telcoinabox Merit crew at Airlie Beach Race Week. Above: The kids get their feet wet at Sail Port Stephens.
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