The names of the yachts already entered for the Sydney-Hobart Classic Yacht Regatta read like a roll-call of Australian offshore legends. Among them are Caprice of Huon, Archina, Margaret Rintoul, Love and War, Mister Christian, Solveig and Fidelis. Add to them the mighty Kialoa II, one of the many distinguished visitors who’ve made the long journey ‘down under’ to compete in one of the world’s great ocean races.
The regatta, to be held on the weekend of 12 and 13 December, is being staged jointly by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club. It is open to yachts launched prior to 1976 and other relevant classics at the discretion of the organisers.
CYCA Commodore Noel Cornish has urged eligible yachts to enter what promises to be a spectacular event.
“The heritage of the Sydney Hobart race is precious”, he says. “The yachts and sailors who created that history are unique. The best way to celebrate that is to bring them together for some good-hearted racing. We’d like as many of these classics as possible to join us in the regatta.”
There will be a Harbour race on each day for spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions. Entrants will need to secure Category 7 safety certification and provide evidence of appropriate insurance cover.
As a difficult year for the sport draws to a close, the regatta is sure to be a fitting curtain-raiser to the 76th Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.