Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Floaters

Good reasons to enter the Crown Series Bellerive Regatta 2013

by Grant Atherton on 28 Jan 2013
Recently Crowned Paper Tiger National Champion Bruce Rose showing how its done last year - Crown Series Bellerive Regatta 2013 Annie / Peter Judd / Campbell
The Crown Series Bellerive Regatta has quickly become Tasmania’s largest regatta for keel boats and dinghies, with racing on Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday for the keel boats, while the dinghies sail on Saturday and Sunday. Last years regatta reportedly had 110 keel boats and over 100 dinghies competing on various race courses set on Hobart’s River Derwent.

The regatta is well placed as a major hit out for crews out following the various National Championships for many classes over the Christmas and New Year and with most classes having State Championships during March. The weather is usually warm, although last year's temperatures of over 35 degrees on both weekend days is unlikely to be repeated. The last few years have always provided a mix of wind strengths across the weekend, it would be quite normal to be waiting for the breeze come in on one day, and sailing in survival conditions in the next day.

These conditions have provided some memorable moments in the past, including Hughie Lewis getting king hit by the boom of his Far 40 in a Chinese Gybe and having to be rushed to hospital. He survived and returned to sailing shortly after but wearing a helmet under Doctor’s orders. Among the dinghies there are also numerous stories including Jack Work getting hit in the back by his Laser boom in a spectacular capsize, requiring him to be relieved of his boat and being rushed to shore in a RIB to be met by an ambulance. Oops – this is meant to be a story to get you to enter this great regatta, not scare you off!

The location of the race course allows dinghies to either trailer over to the well organised rigging area or to sail straight from their clubs to the race area. The regatta is held concurrently with the Clarence Jazz Festival on the adjacent Kangaroo Bay Boardwalk. This gives supporters and spectators the option of relaxing to the many performers and partaking of the varied offerings from the temporary food and refreshment stalls.

There are spot prizes drawn on Saturday and Sunday after racing, and of course there are food and refreshments available from the Bellerive Yacht Club. The major prize draw is on again this year with all competing crew members having the chance to win a five night Whitsundays bareboat charter on the Seawind 1000XL sailing catamaran Top Cat courtesy of Top Cat’s owners and Charter Yachts Australia. Last years winner Peter Bingham enjoyed his cruise, worth over $3,000 early this year.

For those who don’t win the major prize, Charter Yachts Australia are offering a bonus free night on any sailing monohull, catamaran or their power boats on any charter booked by a Crown Series Bellerive Regatta competitor during a non peak period this year. That represents a saving of between $400 and $1,475 depending on the time of year and vessel chartered.


The Notice of Race, Online Entry, and further information is available from the regatta website while further information on Whitsunday bareboat charters is on the Charter Yachts Australia website.

Wildwind 2016 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82upffront 660x82

Related Articles

Over 600 sailors from 43 nations to participate in Laser Youth Worlds
To support the top-class sailing events, the government of Schleswig-Holstein has confirmed to provide financial means To support the top-class sailing events, the government of Schleswig-Holstein has confirmed to provide financial means in 2016 and 2017. This aid money can help to bring top events to Schleswig-Holstein.
Posted on 27 Jul
J/111 Garmin World Championship less than a week away
Championship is less than a week away, fourteen teams from seven different countries will be taking part. Forming a truly international fleet, the teams come from Australia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States of America. Racing on tight Solent courses the fleet will enjoy a five day racing programme and a lively social schedule, organised at the Island Sailing Club in the heart of Cowes.
Posted on 26 Jul
PA Consulting Allen RS Feva Worlds – Day 1
Following the 12 practice race recalls the fleet behaved for the first championship start, and got away first time. Champagne stuff is very overused in sailing, but with temperature in the high twenties, 15kts average, three qualifying series races, your mates are your arch competitors it is at the very least aqua frizzante, or full fat coke and not the zero stuff. OK, after race one the wind did ease off and by race three it was more like 8-10kts.
Posted on 26 Jul
29er Worlds - Team Postma/Bramervaer wins opening day in Medemblik
Dutchmen Lars Postma and Quinten Bramervaer won the opening day of the 29er Worlds 2016 in Medemblik, Netherlands. Dutchmen Lars Postma and Quinten Bramervaer won the opening day of the 29er Worlds 2016 in Medemblik. They are leading after three races on Monday July 25, on equal points with the 2015 Optimist World Champion Rok Verderber and his crew Klemen Semelbauer from Slovenia. The Australians Tom Crockett and Harry Morton are in third position, also on equal points with the numbers four and five.
Posted on 26 Jul
KBC Laser Radial Youth & Men’s Worlds - Shifty start on Dublin Bay
Shifting winds, general recalls, black flag penalties and one abandoned race led to a drama–filled opening day Shifting winds, general recalls, black flag penalties and one abandoned race led to a drama–filled opening day at the 48–nation KBC Laser Radial Youth and Men’s World Championship on Dublin Bay. Ireland, Croatia, USA and the Cayman Islands were four countries that made the most of the day's sub ten–knot breezes, each winning a race in their respective divisions of the 229–boat boys fleet.
Posted on 26 Jul
Rolex Swan Cup – A noble approach to sailing
Mention the Swan Cup to any sailor and the feelings evoked are common – great competition in an enviable environment Mention the Swan Cup to any sailor and the feelings evoked are common – great competition in an enviable environment, a prevailing spirit of fair play and an opportunity to sail yachts renowned for their grace, enduring appeal and rich heritage.
Posted on 25 Jul
World of Sailing in review - July 2016 edition - Round the Island Race
World Sailing present their July 2016 video magazine featuring the Round the Island race World Sailing present their July 2016 video magazine featuring the Round the Island race (around the Isle of Wight) and preview several personalities and aspects of the upcoming Rio Olympics
Posted on 25 Jul
Anders Pedersen heads into Rio Olympics with high expectations
He is one of the youngest Finn sailors heading to Rio at 24 years old but has proved himself many times on the water. He is one of the youngest Finn sailors heading to Rio at just 24 years old but has proved himself many times on the water. Junior World Champion in 2014, later that same year he qualified Norway at the first opportunity at the Santander world championships. Since then he has bee a regular at the front of the fleet and showing some real potential.
Posted on 25 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Oiling the wheels
The TP52 Class have been coming to chic self-contained Puerto Portals since the Med Fleet’s formative year, 2005. The TP52 Class have been coming to chic self-contained Puerto Portals since the Med Fleet’s formative year, 2005. The MedCup was hosted four times by the marina between 2005 and 2008 and 2016 is now the second time that the 52 Super Series will race out on the Bay of Palma based from Puerto Portals Marina.
Posted on 24 Jul
Teams step up and claim the coveted titles on final day of 420 Worlds
The transition from the light winds to big breeze and waves, turned up the heat and pitched new faces to the front. Medal deciding day on Saturday 23 July, and the breeze ramped up in a final test for teams, just to make sure the medallists rising to the front were truly challenged across all conditions.
Posted on 24 Jul