Sandringham Yacht Club invites entries for their signature Sail Sandy Regatta to be conducted on the waters of Port Phillip over the weekend of October 18 & 19, 2014.
This event has become the traditional first regatta of the season for off-the-beach sailing on Port Phillip and regularly attracts large entries as local and inter-state skippers and crews shake off the winter cobwebs and commence their campaigns for a new season. Sail Sandy also provides a venue for class associations and training squads to bring their members together early in the sailing season.
Sail Sandy fleets race on several different courses in front of the Sandringham Yacht Club, on the same waters as the ISAF World Cup Sail Melbourne regatta held there each December. The venue offers fantastic sailing in unobstructed waters with world class venue facilities, race management and event support. There are on-site ship-wrights, a chandlery and nearby sail makers to take care of all your regatta needs.
Previously a monohull dinghy event, Sail Sandy 2014 for the first time extends an invitation to catamaran sailors and welcomes entries for all off the beach dinghies and catamarans with a YV Yardstick.
The Sail Sandy fleet typically may include, but is not limited to: Optimists, Sabots, O’Pen Bics, Minnows, International Cadets, 125s, 420s, 470s, Contenders, Tasars, Sabres, OK dinghies, Finns, three modes of Lasers, 29ers, 49ers, Musto Skiffs, International 14 ft skiffs and Kiteboards.
Catamaran classes we invite to join us include, but are not limited to, Vipers, Taipans, Hobie 16s, Arrows, Mosquitoes, Nacras, Paper Tigers and A-Class cats.
Sail Sandy 2013 saw nearly 200 entries and with the inclusion of catamarans for 2014, the expectation is that there will be a record fleet enjoying the wonderful waters off Sandringham at Sail Sandy on the third weekend of October, 2014.
Trophies are awarded for one-design classes with sufficient entries or for combined divisions under YV Yardstick with the overall winners of Sail Sandy being calculated using results weighted across all classes and divisions. Overall Sail Sandy Regatta honours have been spread across many different classes over the years.
Sail Sandy is one of very few major regattas on the calendar that is entirely planned and run by volunteers with no commercial involvement or sponsorship.
With a well stocked canteen and veritable army of friendly, willing and skilled volunteers, you can be assured of a great time and great racing at Sail Sandy 2014.
For the non-sailors or family members and guests, there are excellent viewing opportunities from the northern deck of the yacht club adjacent to the Members Bar and the Harbour View Restaurant.
For all enquiries regarding Sail Sandy 2014 please contact the Sandringham Yacht Club Boating Office, Tel 03 9598 7444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandringham Yacht Club looks forward to welcoming you to Sail Sandy 2014.
– Chris Furey