Countdown to the 2024 Tasar World Championship

15 Days Left for Early Bird Entries

As the highly anticipated 2024 Tasar World Championship draws near, sailing enthusiasts and competitors from around the globe are gearing up to head to Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne, Australia for what promises to be an exhilarating event. With only 15 days left for early bird entries, the fleet is shaping up to be not only large but also highly competitive, featuring a multitude of sailing stars.

Among the formidable teams set to compete, the United States boasts a strong contingent led by multiple world champions, including the renowned gold medalist Jonathan McKee. McKee’s impressive track record and sailing prowess make the US team a force to be reckoned with.

Not to be outdone, the British team brings their own set of champions, with Steve and Sarah Cockerill leading the charge. Steve, a multiple world champion, is embarking on his first Tasar World Championship, adding an extra layer of anticipation and excitement to the competition.

The Japanese team, known for their dedication and skill, is also sending a formidable lineup to the championship. Their strong presence is sure to add an international flair to the event, making it a truly global gathering of sailing talent.

Meanwhile, the Australian team is generating significant buzz, with rumours circulating about the possible participation of a couple of gold medalists. Alongside these potential superstars, the Australian roster boasts several Tasar World Champions, including the well known Nicole “Sailor Girl” Douglass, who will be sailing with Rob Douglass. Observers have spotted Chris Dance and Peter Hackett, as well as Paul and Bronwyn Ridgway, diligently training at the Sandringham Yacht Club, further fuelling the anticipation for the event.

Once the Contender Worlds conclude, spectators can expect to see the formidable father-and-son duo, Mark and Oliver Bulka, take to the training grounds. With multiple Contender World Championships under their belt, the Bulkas are certain to add to the excitement and fierce competition at the Tasar World Championship.

In a bid to promote fair competition and inclusivity, the weight rule is being lifted, allowing smaller crews to showcase their skills and challenge the traditional sailing norms. This change is expected to level the playing field and result in exhilarating races where strategy and teamwork take centre stage.

Although the fleet will have some super stars, the depth is large and accommodates sailors of all levels. The Tasar is fairly easy to sail (but hard to master) and this championship provides a very real opportunity for a massive learning curve against some of the best and to even to take the occasional scalp of a champion.

While the championship promises to be a spectacular event, it’s with a tinge of disappointment that we note the absence of the current Australian National Champions, James and Tara Burman who have opted to prioritise family time.

For those eager to join the excitement, early bird entries are available for the next 15 days. If you are looking to a Tasar visit or explore options at Sly Boat Building and NB Sail Sports. Complete details on dates and how to enter can be found at

Get ready to witness the clash of sailing titans and the emergence of new stars at the upcoming Tasar World Championship. With the clock ticking, seize the opportunity to be part of this unforgettable sailing spectacle.

Article by Chris Payne

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