Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad/Oracle Supplier

Australia Day Regatta 2013 - Better with time

by Peter Campbell on 24 Jan 2013
Gretel II competing in the Australia Day Green Island Race on Hobart’s River Derwent two years ago Peter Campbell
The Australia Day Regatta 2013 will feature more than 160 yachts and skiffs sailing on Sydney Harbour on Saturday, 26 January 2013. Gretel II, one of the most famous sailboats in Australian yachting history, will also participate in the upcoming event.

One of the most famous yachts in Australian yachting history, Gretel II, heads a fleet of more than 160 yachts and skiffs entered for the 177th Australia Day Regatta to be sailed on Sydney Harbour and offshore on Saturday, 26 January 2013.

The one-time challenger for the America’s Cup, when the contest was between classic 12-metre class yachts, has been fully restored and modernised by her current owner, Sydney yachtsman Mike Maxwell.

Gretel II will be unchallenged Queen of the Fleet when she contests the Classic Division 1 of the 177th Australia Day Regatta.

To quote author David Salter in a feature article in the official programme of the 177th Australia Day Regatta, Gretel II still retains 'the powerful mystique of a genuine international classic racing yacht', and will make 'any true sailor’s heart miss a beat as she sweeps past in all her majesty.'



The Australia Day Regatta, proudly acclaimed as the oldest continuously-conducted annual sailing regatta in the world, has been held each year since 1837 to commemorate the anniversary of the first European settlement of Australia.

Originally known as the Anniversary Regatta, this colourful event is held on Sydney Harbour, where it began, and also at other locations in New South Wales and offshore.

In recent years some 700 vessels have taken part in the Australia Day Regatta, making it one of the highlights of the celebrations on Australia Day, 26 January each year. With this extension of the Regatta, boats taking part range from large ocean-racing yachts to 18 foot skiffs, both modern and historical, and radio controlled model yachts.

Gretel II’s competition in Classic Division 1 including former Sydney Hobart racing yachts Margaret Rintoul and Anitra V and Weene, a Tasmanian One Design class yacht built in Hobart more than a century ago.

Among the entries in Classic Division 2 are Ranger, skippered by octogenarian Bill Gale, and Solveig, owned by ABC television and radio presenter Angela Catterns and Charlie Chan.

Adding the nostalgia of the 177th Australia Day Regatta, sponsored for the tenth year by Commonwealth Private, will be a fleet or ten Historical Skiffs, exact replicas of the iconic Sydney 18-footers that raced early last century. They are named after famous skiffs of that era, such as Scot, Britannia, Australia IV and Yendys.

The 18ft Sailing League’s state-of-the-art 18-footers will also race during the 117th Australia Day Regatta for the Lord Mayor’s Cup.



Modern harbour racing keelboats will be racing in three spinnaker and two non-spinnaker divisions, starting from 1315 hours, while a fleet of ocean racing yachts will compete for the prestigious Sydney of Sydney Cup in race from the Harbour to Botany Bay and return.

Heading the ocean racing fleet will be Bob Steel’s TP52 Quest which placed third in IRC Division 1 of the recent Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race while Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore Howard Piggott has entered his Beneteau 40, Flying Cloud.

Returning to Sydney Harbour the yachts will sail the same waters that Captain Phillip RN did when he headed north with his ships from Botany Bay on 26 January, 1777 to land and establish the colonial settlement in Sydney Cove in Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) and thus found what today is the Commonwealth of Australia.

'In view of Australia’s early maritime history, our Regatta is of symbolic significance to the celebration of Australia Day,' Charles Curran AC, President of the 177th Australia Day Regatta, said today.

The 177th Regatta will start at 1100 with the short ocean race to Botany Bay and return, while on Sydney Harbour the Regatta racing will start at 1315 from a line to the east of the Flagship, HMAS Newcastle.

Other Australia Day regattas will be staged during the afternoon on Botany Bay, Brisbane Waters, Lake Macquarie, Drummoyne, Greenwich, the Parramatta River, Manly and Pittwater for catamarans, off-the-beach dinghy classes and keelboats while radio controlled yachts will race on Chipping Norton Lakes.



Other Australia Day events on or around Sydney Harbour on Saturday will include the Great Aussie Swim, the famous Ferrython, a floating concert in Farm Cove, the spectacular F/A 18 Hornet fly-over, the Tall Ships Race, a Tiger Moth aerial display and finally, a twilight ceremony in Cockle Bay and the Darling Harbour Australia Day Spectacular.

upffront 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best Eyewear

Related Articles

Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - France Blue blasts back
The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup race course took on a different complexion today. The Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup race course took on a different complexion today. A front passed through early morning leaving behind it a lumpy sea, further kicked up by a strong eastbound tide.
Posted today at 6:09 am
52 Super Series - Double bullet Quantum jump clear
Two hard earned wins for Quantum Racing elevates the team which is steered by owner Doug DeVos Two hard earned wins for Quantum Racing elevates the team which is steered by owner Doug DeVos to a lead of four points ahead of Azzurra at the 52 Super Series’ Puerto Portals Sailing Week on the Bay of Palma.
Posted today at 5:19 am
Transat Québec Saint-Malo - Sailing into the big leagues
The long nautical journey from La Belle Province proved to be one long show of bravery from start to finish “It’s the finest event of the offshore racing calendar.” That’s what all the skippers are saying—albeit a little subjectively—following this ninth edition of the Transat Québec Saint-Malo. The long nautical journey from La Belle Province proved to be one long show of bravery from start to finish, with the Multi50s grappling alongside one another all the way
Posted today at 3:51 am
Three tips for any boater facing a powerful summer thunderstorm
Recreational boaters and paddlers understand that late afternoon thunderstorms are common during summer boating season Recreational boaters and paddlers understand that late afternoon thunderstorms are common during the summer boating season. A recent incident involving two TowBoatUS Fort Lauderdale captains and their rescue of four kayakers pre-fishing a local tournament offers some lessons learned on how to survive an afternoon storm.
Posted today at 3:27 am
Jim Hunt and Jørgen Svendsen pull ahead at OK Dinghy Worlds
Jim Hunt (GBR) has maintained his lead after a very tricky day at the OK Dinghy World Championships in Quiberon Jim Hunt (GBR) has maintained his lead after a very tricky day at the OK Dinghy World Championships in Quiberon, France, with the shifty, offshore winds mixing up the fleet on more than one occasion and leaving Hunt and Jørgen Svendsen (DEN) with a clear lead over the rest of the 105 boat fleet. Charlie Cumbley (GBR) drops one to third overall, with just four races left to sail.
Posted today at 2:53 am
Supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, returns to racing in Sydney-Gold Coast Race
Supermaxi Wild Oats XI, will make her return to ocean racing this weekend after a six month break. The Oatley family’s Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race record holder, the 30-metre long Supermaxi Wild Oats XI, will make her return to ocean racing this weekend after a six month break.
Posted today at 2:38 am
52 Super Series- Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Day 3 action shots
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from day three Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from day three
Posted on 27 Jul
RS Feva Worlds – Qualification phase is complete at the end of Day 2
Heavy metal day. Gold, Silver or Bronze. It was going to going to be tight at the cut off points. PA Consulting and Allen RS Feva Worlds 2016 - Heavy metal day. Gold, Silver or Bronze. It was going to going to be tight at the cut off points. A number of boats went into the day in much lower positions than expected for a variety of reasons. Could they make it up?
Posted on 27 Jul
Chile’s Clemente Seguel wins Youth North American Championship
Chile's Clemente Seguel on top with four bullets in four races. The wind didn't come in on Tuesday, leaving the results as they were after Monday: Chile's Clemente Seguel on top with four bullets in four races.
Posted on 27 Jul
Kinetic V wins 2016 Vic-Maui Yacht Race
Kinetic V Wins Vic-Maui 2016, Valkyrie wins Line Honours and second overall, Longboard takes third overall. 2016 Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Kinetic V Wins Vic-Maui 2016, Valkyrie wins Line Honours and second overall, Longboard takes third overall.
Posted on 27 Jul