Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Polarised and non-polarised readers for sailors

Sail Port Stephens enjoys wide support

by Sail Port Stephens Media on 21 Mar 2013
’Hooligan’ - Sail Port Stephens Matt King /Sail Port Stephens 2012
Sail Port Stephens 2013, will be sailed from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st April 2013.

Now the second largest regatta sailed in NSW, and while it competes for precious holiday time with many established regattas around the Asia Pacific, the event obviously has a very bright future.


The IRC 2011 Australian Champion Marcus Blackmore, twice NSW IRC Division 1 champions at Sail Port Stephens 2012, is full of praise for the event.

‘Location is important, Port Stephens is just 110 nautical miles from Sydney and 2.5 hours driving time, with Newcastle airport just 20 minutes from the Port Stephens holiday town of Nelson Bay.


‘Regatta central is at d’Albora Marina, in downtown Nelson Bay, with ever growing elements of the fleet at the multiple award winning Soldiers Point and the Anchorage Resort marina further along the bay.

‘I can’t say enough good things about this event - great sailing waters, superb race management and great event management overall.

‘I think the organisers are incredibly good at getting local support at a corporate level and government support too, and I think that helps make Sail Port Stephens successful. The event has just grown in stature each year.


‘More marina berths and Sail Port Stephens will really be away. The event development is coming along quickly, when you think that the two biggest regattas in the Asia Pacific, this year it will be the 24th Airlie Beach Race Week and the 30th Hamilton Island Race Week, while Port Stephens is only up to number six.

The 2013 event will start with the Commodores Cup Cruising series, then Trophy series, the NSW IRC titles across multiple divisions, the Performance Racing and Cruising divisions, the Elliott 7 Sports Boat Australian Championship and a two day junior regatta.

Peter Gesling the General Manager of Ports Stephens Council considers Port Stephens, the waterway a wonderful asset for the whole region-

‘Last week I was in New Zealand in a significant tourism mecca, the highly regarded Bay of Islands and then came home to a function out at Nelson Bay, and I thought my goodness, we have equally amazing waterways.

‘Tourism is probably the biggest activity outside Defence in the economy here. In terms of private sector activity it is the largest economic activity in the region in the local government area.´

Sailing regattas drive a lot of economic activity, that’s the significance we saw, is that the multiplier effect is that it wasn’t just one boat, it wasn’t just crew but it was the multiples outside (wives and children and delivery crew etc.) that that have shown up in the economic research that has been done around the regattas to date.

‘The return to the community in that lead up during the week and following it is quite significant and very much vital in our events calendar.

‘We have just hosted the New South Wales tourism conference in Port Stephens and the Sail Port Stephens event was one of the featured events. It is recognized outside the region as important on the state calendar and it its significance is recognised at State government level.

‘Boating activity is continuing to expand in Port Stephens and Council is aware there is unsatisfied demand for marina berths.

‘The largest Club in the region, The Wests Group, has purchased the Anchorage and are proposing to upgrade it. Salamander Shores has development approval with significant marina facilities incorporated in that development and that is now in the finance stage'


‘With the success of Sail Port Stephens and other events, we have now formally established an events team and the job is to actually support events coming into the area. The start-up phase with Sail Port Stephens was the impetus for this and now we have a model for other events.’

Gesling summed up ‘The whole sailing scene and boating scene has strong support from the council and the community is looking forward to this year’s Sail Port Stephens event.

For more information visit the Sail Port Stephens website.

PredictWind.com 2014Bakewell-White Yacht DesignMackay Boats

Related Articles

JJ Giltinan Trophy - More images from a funky Day 1 on Sydney Harbour
More images from Michael Chittenden from the first race of the 2017 JJ Giltinan Trophy on Sydney Harbour, Michael Chittenden was on the water for the first race of the 2017 JJ Giltinan Trophy on Sydney Harbour, sailed in a funky breeze, leaden skies and plenty of rain. Plus a 300 metre long cruise liner at one end of the course and a waka wall at the other
Posted on 25 Feb
Vendee Globe - Video of Conrad Colman finish in Les Sables d'Olonne
Scenes of Kiwi solo round the world racer, Conrad Colman taken at the finish of the Vendee Globe race Scenes of Kiwi solo round the world racer, Conrad Colman taken at the finish of the Vendee Globe race, which he completed under jury rig after being dismasted 700nm from the finish. In Foresight Natural Energy Colman became the first New Zealand sailor to complete the Vendee Globe, he also became the first in eight editions of the race to sail the entire race using only renewable energy sources.
Posted on 25 Feb
Vendee Globe - Heerema delayed by Biscay lows
With 16 boats now finished, eighth edition of the Vendée Globe becomes the race with greatest ever number of finishers. With 16 boats now finished, the eighth edition of the Vendée Globe becomes the race with greatest ever number of finishers. Until now it was the 2000-2001 edition, with 24 starters and 15 finishers, which saw the biggest number of starters reach the end of their race at the legendary South Nouch buoy.
Posted on 25 Feb
Bella Mente Racing starts 2017 season with major victory at RORC C600
Bella Mente Racing starts 2017 season off with major victory at RORC Caribbean 600 Bella Mente Racing, led by owner/driver Hap Fauth, launched its 2017 campaign season with a major victory this week, winning IRC Overall, CSA Overall and CSA 1 at the RORC Caribbean 600 in Antigua; The team took home coveted RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy for the IRC win as well as the Bella Mente Trophy, the team’s namesake award, for being first IRC yacht to finish that is wholly manually powered.
Posted on 25 Feb
Cool drone footage of Dongfeng Race Team on the water
Dongfeng is back in the water and training is well underway for the returning Chinese campaign. Dongfeng is back in the water and training is well underway for the returning Chinese campaign. Stunning drone footage of the re-fitted Volvo Ocean 65 has been released as the team hit the water off the coast of Lisbon.
Posted on 25 Feb
49th Transpac early entry deadline approaches on March 1st
Planning for the 49th edition of the Los Angeles-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race is well underway Planning for the 49th edition of the Los Angeles-Honolulu Transpacific Yacht Race presented by the Los Angeles Times and organized by the Transpacific Yacht Club is well underway, with 52 monohull and multihull entries from nine nations already signed up for this biennial 2225-mile ocean race, one of the world's oldest having first been sailed in 1905.
Posted on 25 Feb
18ft Skiffs - JJ Giltinan Trophy - Replay coverage - Race 1
Live coverage of Race 1 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs from Sydney harbour - sailing in the wind and rain Replay of Race 1 of the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs from Sydney harbour - sailing in the wind and rain
Posted on 25 Feb
Hat-trick all around for Phaedo^3 in this year Caribbean 600
Lloyd Thornburg and crew of Phaedo^3 have gained not only line honours each time but also three wins in their class. Lloyd Thornburg and the crew of his MOD70 Phaedo^3 for the last three editions of the RORC Caribbean 600 have gained not only line honours each time but also three wins in their class.
Posted on 25 Feb
Vendee Globe - Conrad Colman's thoughts on his incredible performance
Colman was the first boat in the history of the race to finish using only natural energy, no fossil fuels After finishing 16th in the Vendee Globe, crossing the finish line under the jury rig which had carried him the final 720 miles of his race since he was dismasted, Conrad Colman was greeted by a hero's welcome into Les Sables d'Olone. The first New Zealander to complete the race he was also the first boat in the history of the race to finish using only natural energy, no fossil fuels.
Posted on 24 Feb
More winners announced in RORC Caribbean 600
As dawn broke on day five, crews who had finished the race were beginning to arrive back in Antigua. At Dawn on the fifth day, the leading Class40s were approaching the finish. Throughout the race, the battle in the class had been intense, with three yachts taking the lead at various points along the course.
Posted on 24 Feb