Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

Royal Hobart Regatta revival of yachting

by Peter Campbell on 11 Feb 2011
Hot Prospect will be one of the competitors in the Royal Hobart Regatta - Royal Hobart Regatta © Andrea Francolini Photography http://www.afrancolini.com/
Royal Hobart Regatta - This weekend will see a revival of yachting and sailing events on the River Derwent after several years ‘in the doldrums, with the regatta becoming just a huge fun fair ashore.

Renewed support from yachting, boating, sailing and rowing clubs in Hobart is the outcome of hard work by the Regatta organising committee and, in particular, the efforts of the Geilston Bay Boat Club.

'We have 25 yachts already entered for the races on Monday and fleets of dinghies will be racing on Sunday off the Regatta Grounds,' Vice Commodore of Geilston Bay Bay Boat Club John Nibbs said.

'Obviously, we have a long way to go bring yachting back to the great regattas when up to a hundred yachts took part, with the winners receiving the coveted silk programs.

'However, the entry list is double last year and the year before that there were virtually no yachts competing,' he added. 'A big help this year is that the Hobart Cup is on at Elwick on Sunday instead of Monday.'

Among the entries for Monday’s yacht races are Gybe Talkin’, skippered by Bellerive Yacht Club vice commodore John Mills, Stewart Geeves Footloose, winner of the Launceston to Hobart Race, and Hot Prospect, skippered by Geilston Bay Boat Club commodore Ian Marshall.

At least one of the famous old Derwent class yachts, John Purdon’s Salamis is expected to race.

Dinghy sailing on Sunday will start from 10am using the Yacht Tasmanian yardstick handicaps, with strong fleets of International Cadets, Lasers, Sabots and Mirrors expected.

The yacht races will start at 2pm on Monday, also off the Royal Hobart Regatta Grounds, with the former pilot vessel Devonport as the committee boat.

The Royal Hobart Regatta was first held in 1938 when the then Governor of Tasmania, Sir John Franklin, provided free food and beer for all spectators. The tradition of free entry, although not food and beer, continues to this day.

The regatta is run over three days, with the Monday declared a public holiday 'Regatta Day' by the generous Sir John, and is now the oldest public holiday in Australia. The regatta ranks second only to the Australia Day Regatta on Sydney Harbour in longevity and is Tasmania’s oldest sporting event.

While there will be yacht and dinghy racing on the Derwent, thousands of Tasmanians are expected to flock to the Regatta Ground at the Queens Domain for a traditional side-show alley, entertainment, wood chopping challenges.

Hobart is enjoying a huge week of aquatic events, starting with Bellerive Yacht Club’s ‘100-boat challenge’ on Wednesday, followed by a parade of sail including six tall ships, to open the four day Australian Wooden Boat Festival today. Up to 100,000 visitors are expected for the Wooden Boat Festival, with two Royal Australian Navy ships in ports, along with the Young Endeavour and the James Craig.

The 85th Bruny Island Race starts on Saturday morning, and next Thursday the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s Van Diemen’s Land Circumnavigation Cruise around the island State will start from Hobart.

Zhik ZKG 660x82Mackay BoatsWildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

RORC Transatlantic Race – Day 9 – Grenadian welcome for Maserati
Maserati crossed the finish line on Saturday, completing their first ocean race in seven days, eight hours, 44m, 23s The Italian MOD70, Maserati has finished the race; Phaedo3 has been declared the winner of the Multihull Trophy and Mike Slade's Maxi, Leopard is on the hunt for the monohull record.
Posted today at 12:39 pm
18ft Skiffs Yandoo Trophy – Ward, Marshall and West win first race
Young team had to withstand huge pressure from the fleet’s top crews before crossing the finish line with 40s to spare. Following last week’s brilliant performance with a brand new number one rig, Appliancesonline.com.au (David Witt, Tom Anderson, Tom Clout) again showed the skiff to be a major threat in the upcoming championships with a great second placing.
Posted today at 10:24 am
Vendee Globe – Kojiro Shiraishi on Spirit of Yukoh forced to retire
At 0240 UTC on Sunday, Kojiro, Skipper of Spirit of Yukoh contacted his shore team to tell them that he had dismasted. At 0240 UTC on Sunday December 4th, Kojiro Shiraishi, Skipper of Spirit of Yukoh contacted his shore team to tell them that he had dismasted. The boat Spirit of Yukoh was sailing in a moderate breeze (20 knots). Kojiro inside of the boat heard the sound of the mast breaking at around 0230 UTC.
Posted today at 10:11 am
Melges 24 World Championship –Day 5– Embarr and Taki crowned champions
The crew has shown an extreme solidity and constancy, fascinating everybody for its asset and conduction of the boat The crew has shown an extreme solidity and constancy all through the races, fascinating everybody for its asset and conduction of the boat in the downwind legs, that allowed them to take out amazing recoveries also when the starts hadn't been so good. Important it is to have a closely knit crew to succeed in events of such an importance
Posted today at 9:42 am
Meet the 2017-18 crew - Mike Kidwell
It’s nine months before the start of the race so I suppose it’s not dissimilar to waiting for a baby – both can be wet “It’s nine months before the start of the race so I suppose it’s not dissimilar to waiting for a baby – both can be wet, cold and miserable, but equally fun, warm and enjoyable!” says Mike Kidwell, a 63-year-old Business Developer from Queensland who is taking part in the full circumnavigation in the 2017-18 edition of the race.
Posted today at 7:39 am
Vendee Globe - Spirit of Yukoh has dismasted
Kojiro Shiraishi informed everyone at 0230 UTC today (Sunday) that his mast had broken above attachment for small jib. Kojiro Shiraishi informed everyone at 0230 UTC today (Sunday) that his mast had broken above the attachment for the small jib. The Japanese sailor is not in danger and is busy trying to set up a jury rig. Kojiro is fine and in contact with his shore team to judge the extent of the damage and to determine whether it is possible to continue the race. He is safely heading for Cape Town.
Posted today at 5:49 am
The Bridge – The Queen Mary – Essence of historical transatlantic race
The Bridge has invited the Queen Mary 2 to take part in an ocean challenge in a race against a fleet of giant trimarans On 2nd December, the press conference for the official launch of The Bridge was held in the prestigious setting of the Salle Turenne at the Hôtel des Invalides. The Bridge, a unique, festive, maritime, cultural and popular event, will take place from June 15th until the beginning of July 2017, in Nantes, Saint-Nazaire and New York.
Posted on 3 Dec
Tour de France à la voile to celebrate its 40th edition in 2017
Eight classes have served on the TFV since 1978, always based on the same principle : one-design. French sailing legends like Eric Tabarly, Michel Desjoyeaux, Jean-Pierre Dick, and more recently Franck Cammas, François Gabart, Armel Le Cléac’h and Loïck Peyron have all played a role in the history of this race, that became one of the biggest summer sporting events.
Posted on 3 Dec
RORC Transatlantic Race – Maserati Multi70 now 142 miles from Grenada
Phaedo3 sailed past the final waypoint at Grenada last night at 01.49 GMT to take multihull (MOCRA) line honours Phaedo3 sailed past the final waypoint at Grenada last night at 01.49 GMT (21.49 local time, 02.49 in Italy) to take multihull (MOCRA) line honours
Posted on 3 Dec
RORC Transatlantic Race - Day 8 - Phaedo3 victorious in Grenada
Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD70 Phaedo3 has taken Multihull Line Honours in the RORC Transatlantic Race Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD70 Phaedo3 has taken Multihull Line Honours in the RORC Transatlantic Race for the second year running. The American MOD70 completed the course in six days 13 hours 39 minutes and 55 seconds.
Posted on 3 Dec