With the sailing season now in full swing, what better time to get your entry in for Sail Sydney.
Sail Sydney is one of the largest regattas of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and each year sailors from around Australia and the world make the trip to compete against the back drop of the stunning Sydney harbour.
Organised by Yachting New South Wales, Sail Sydney has a long history and association with competitive sailing at the highest level after originally being a test event for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Now it has evolved from being an ‘elite only’ event to one that encompasses and encourages a broad participation from youths to seniors and sailors with disabilities. As a highlight of the sailing calendar, it is also used as a state and national championship venue for many of the classes.
As Sail Sydney has evolved there has become more emphasis of enabling participation for all including family, community, and supporters. The venues too have evolved with logistics at the main venue, Woollahra Sailing Club, becoming more refined with support from the local council and the NSW Government.
“Putting on a regatta such as this, with heavy demands on the logistics both on land and on water, is always going to be a big task.” said David Edwards, Yachting NSW General Manager. “We have had a lot of support from the competitors, the volunteers and the local council and businesses so each year the regatta just gets better and better.”
2014 saw 450 sailors on over 360 boats take to the waters of the harbour on four different race courses. 2015 will be a little smaller but just as competitive. Racing will run for four days from 17-20 December in order to better service all the sailors that want to participate.
Yachting NSW is a not for profit organisation responsible for the administration, promotion and advancement of the sport of sailing at all levels throughout NSW.
The NSW Government is a key Sail Sydney supporter along with Nautilus Marine, Gill Marine clothing, Steve Jarvin Motors, Lejen Marine, Tohatsu Outboards and Sydney Harbour Boat Storage.