Bumblebee IV’s family affair at Sail Paradise 2022

Acclaimed Queensland ocean racing yachtsman, Graham ‘Scooter’ Eaton, will put his family first when he competes in Southport Yacht Club’s Qoin Sail Paradise Regatta in January. 

The reason is simple; his yacht – the famous 23m long aluminium sloop, Bumblebee IV – is also the family home, and his family will be aboard as part of the crew for Qoin Sail Paradise. On top of that, there is no plan to ‘lighten ship.’ Many home comforts, including the sink in the galley, will remain in place. 

Bumblebee on a reach, a boat with s spinnaker to leeward of them, and high rises in the background.
Bumblebee IV will be competing in the upcoming Sail Paradise regatta, scheduled for January 3-6. Pic – Adventures of a Sailor Girl

All members of the Eaton family are competent sailors, so they will be pushing their ‘home’ to the limit on ocean courses set between Main Beach and the Queensland/NSW border.

“Our Sail Paradise campaign will primarily be a family affair”, Eaton said. “But we will have some friends join us for the racing.” 

Built from aluminium and completed in 1979, Bumblebee IV is legendary in Australian ocean racing. Among its many victories, it is best known for taking line honours in the Sydney Hobart race just weeks after being launched. 

Sail Paradise is scheduled for January 3-6.  Early indications are that a record fleet of more than 60 monohull and multihull racing yachts will participate. 

As well as promising exceptional racing offshore, regatta organisers at Southport Yacht Club have scheduled a star-studded post-race entertainment program for each race day.

For more information regarding Sail Paradise, please contact Simon Turpin (Sailing Operations Manager) at: sailing.ops@sycgc.com.au

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