Best Boat Races in Australia
Boating season is just around the corner, so it’s a good time to take a look at what’s set to happen in the Aussie boating world. We’ve reviewed a special event from each state – from the weird and whacky to high profile international races. If you know of a boating event worth talking about, please feel free to share it on our Marine Facebook page.
The ISAF Sailing World Cup
This massive International Olympic Sailing event happens at the St Kilda foreshore in December this year. If you love getting up close with some of the best sailing action in the world, then the festival-style atmosphere of this annual event is a must. There’s also a Youth Class Regatta, where up and coming young sailors can flex their skills against some of the best in the world. For more information head to www.sailingworldcupmelbourne.com.
The Extreme Sailing SeriesTM
From December 10 to 13, Sydney Harbour is home to the final leg of the 2015 Extreme Sailing Series. This action-packed spectacle is hugely popular with Sydney crowds, including those who aren’t partial to boating life – simply because of the fast-paced drama that unfolds every year. The final phase of the series is a great leg to catch, as a grand champion will be crowned for the series. Visit http://www.sydney.com/events/extreme-sailing-series-sydney for details.
Dragon Boating – Mandurah Marathon
If you’ve never been to a Dragon Boating event, we thoroughly recommend it. Not only is it a spectacle to behold, with rhythmic drumming and ornate crafts, it’s also highly competitive and action-packed. The Mandurah Dragon Boating Marathon happens on the 13 September this year. For full details visit www.dragonboatingwa.asn.au/mandurah-marathon-13-sept-2015/.
Club Marine/ Lexus Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race
Okay, so this one technically happens early next year (on Friday 19 February), but we couldn’t resist including it. Sponsored by Lexus, this ‘destination race’ pits yacht-lovers against one another, over night, in a race to Port Lincoln. Yes, it’s a race. But mostly, it’s an amazing experience with plenty of old-fashioned hospitality in the town of Port Lincoln and festivities through the week. Head to www.lincolnweek.com.au for more.
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
It’s impossible to mention Tasmania without thinking about the treacherous Bass Strait that separates it from the coast of mainland Australia. The race stretches around 1,170 km (630 nautical miles), and finishes in Hobart, Tasmania. It started in 1945, and is touted as one of the best offshore yacht races worldwide. The record time for crossing the Bass Strait belongs to Wild Oats XI, who finished in 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds in 2012. For more information about this one, just Google Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
ACT Dinghy Championships
The Dinghy Championships happen from 14 to 15 November this year. The regatta is run by the Canberra Yacht Club, and is famous for being a fun, family-friendly event. Anyone with an off-the-beach dinghy can participate, so long as it is equipped with a YV Yardstick. There isn’t a lot online about this one, but you can read a blog by Marc Ablett, which paints a great picture of the 2013 event. Otherwise, head to www.canberrayc.com closer to the event date.
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