Entries opened on Monday January 16th and the build-up is now on heading to the start of racing on May 16th.

In addition to the IRC, Cruising and Multihull classes, organisers have introduced an option for the regional TP52 fleet and similar type boats to have their own dedicated class and courses.

There is a total of 14 established records up for grabs, all of which offer the skipper’s weight in Mount Gay Extra Old Rum.

In September, Abell Point became the first marina in the world to attain the 5 Gold Anchor Global Marina Accreditation under the new scheme.

The marina has been running at full capacity for the last five years.

One of the world's best cities and all within reach from its famous harbour

Developed by Royal Museums Greenwich, the award-winning exhibition draws on the latest research and many rare artefacts to shed new light on the history of longitude.

To allow boats to also compete in the China Cup International Regatta, the Hong Kong to Hainan Race is scheduled for a later start date than usual and the entry deadline is 30 September with late entries being accepted up to 7 October.

Abell Point Marina is a modern 507 berth marina catering for boats from 12m-60m.

The Ngalawa Cup, in traditional fishing boats, races for over 300km off the coast of Tanzania, snaking around the Zanzibar Archipelago.

Cruising Monohull was won by race veteran Alan James on KITA (Beneteau Oceanis) with Cruising Multihull won by another regular John Punch on NAUTILUS (Stealth 1250).

Sailing in the English Channel and therefore dependant on local weather, the rally programme needed to be flexible and was twice adapted for the prevailing conditions.

The annual Writers Festival could be a good chance to release some creative juices before submitting a cruising article to Phil Ross.

Abell Point Marina and Port of Airlie are both fully booked, with Abell Point now operating a wait list.

On Australia Day 2017 you can pack your thermos flask, scones and teacake and get in your wooden boat to sail up Anderson Inlet and land on a remote beach for an afternoon picnic.