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2017 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta

Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta 2017

Previous Heaven Can Wait contestants, yes, only three months before the 2017 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta – the 11th running of the event.

The Entry System is now open and you can put your entry online here – please note, Google Chrome may have a problem accessing the site, but other browsers should be OK, or click here.

Before putting your entry in, please read the instructions on how to complete the on-line Entry Form.

The 2016 regatta raised $38,000 in support of the charities – principally the Hunter Branch of Cancer Council NSW and their Domestic Support Program which provides domestic assistance to both recovering and terminal cancer patients. A small amount of the funds raised goes to Lake Macquarie Marine Rescue who provide on water support during the running of the regatta. It has been a tough time for the charities over recent years, but with your help and participation in this great regatta, we know we can significantly improve the support we give them. We have for the past few years been targeting to get over the $50,000 fund raising target, and whilst we have not achieved that yet, we are planning to do it in 2017.

2017 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta


In addition to the traditional One Lap Dash, 12 and 24 Hour races, this year’s regatta will feature events for smaller yachts, Trailer Sailers and Off the Beach type craft with a Short One Lap Dash and a Dinghy Dash. With all these options to select from, there should be no reason why you can’t participate in this unique charity sailing regatta.

And don’t forget the Charity Dinner on Friday February 17th at the RMYC Toronto. We have already lined up Leisl Tesch as one of our guests, and I expect in the next few weeks, to confirm another member of the Australian Olympic Sailing Team as a guest. Both our guests will be interviewed by Helene O’Neil – well known ABC Radio Newcastle sporting journalist. Tickets for the dinner will be available later in the year.

Of course, the Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta will once again be a part of Lakefest – a weeklong celebration of aquatic activity on Lake Macquarie, running from Feb 18 to Feb 25, 2017. You can find out more about Lakefest by visiting website.

So, start planning your week on Lake Macquarie and as a start point, get your entry in for the 2017 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta.

by Melvyn Steiner

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