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Parade of Sail Dept Race - photo © Riptide Creative
Parade of Sail Dept Race - photo © Riptide Creative

Sydney Harbour Regatta

Abell Point Marina located in the Whitsundays, becomes major sponsor of New South Wales’ largest keelboat regatta for the second consecutive year.

Hosted by the Middle Harbour Yacht Club the Sydney Harbour Regatta takes place 3rd and 4th March. After an extended entry deadline was offered last month to allow more yachts to register, the regatta has attracted a wide variety of boats across many classes and divisions. With over 200 Australian and international yachts competing it will be quite a spectacle on Sydney Harbour this weekend.

In its 13th year, the Sydney Harbour Regatta is officially the largest, most successful regatta in New South Wales and a favourite on the racing calendar. The hosts, Middle Harbour Yacht Club, have acknowledged the support and operational assistance of the many Sydney-based yacht clubs who contribute to making the regatta the success it has become.

Joscelyn O’Keefe, marketing and business development manager at Abell Point explains, “With many Sydney-based sailors making the annual migration north, sponsoring the Sydney Harbour Regatta provides a great opportunity to showcase the cruising grounds of the Whitsundays and the first-class facilities available to visiting yachties in our region.

Sydney Harbour Regatta 2017 - photo © Andrea Francolini

Sydney Harbour Regatta 2017 – photo © Andrea Francolini

We hope to see many to the regatta participants up in the Whitsundays for either Airlie Beach Race Week or Audi Hamilton Race Week or just to enjoy the region during the spectacular winter months we enjoy in Queensland.”

Shore-side, the program is jam-packed with entertainment for sailors family, friends and guests during the course of the day, rounded off with a night of beach parties and live entertainment. The social program also includes Happy Hour, a beach barbeque and the official prize ceremony. The official prize giving cocktail party will be held at the Middle Harbour Yacht Club on Monday evening, March 5 allowing all place-getters and competitors a chance to be there with their crew.

Parade of Sail Dept Race © Riptide Creative

Parade of Sail Dept Race © Riptide Creative

Following the success of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race host port stay at Abell Point Marina in January, the Whitsunday region has gained international recognition throughout the global sailing community. Abell Point Marina is the largest marina in the region with 517 wet berths, a full concierge service and a range of first-class shoreside facilities available for vessels from 11 – 80m.

by Joscelyn O’Keefe

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