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Equal chance to win at Sydney's Mini Regattas

17 December 2012 Richard Hammond

Racing of a different kind and in amazing locations

"Racing of a different kind and in amazing locations"

Mariner Boating Holidays have provided one spot onboard a Beneteau First 45 for the Croatia One Design Yachting Rally, which conveniently sits in behind the Italia 2013 Etchells Worlds. It is being run from June 21 to July 7, 2013.

I and a few other Etchells sailors and partners have done some of these rallies in the past and frankly, they were the best holidays we have ever had.

Mariner organise sailing holidays around the world. The format combines magnificent cruising with a series of six passage races to take you from one exotic port or anchorage to another. Races take place every other day and are followed with a presentation dinner at local taverns or restaurants. The next day is spent exploring and sightseeing.

We all know the satisfaction of One Design Racing, for after all, it is why we race Etchells. The one design rally is a step up from others, by virtue of the yachts being new or almost new Beneteau First 45s. They all have brand new sails and around 10 to 15 vessels take part.

Each boat has three double berths. Although large and fast, these boats can easily be handled by two couples, given that they have electric winches and furling headsails etc.

The prize on offer is for one place aboard one of the yachts in the rally and includes airfares, hotel accommodation at the start and end of the rally, presentation dinners and 14 days on the boat. It has a value of AUD7,700.

So how does one go about winning, then? For the remaining Mini Regattas of this season, each boat that is a starter in any particular race will receive one ticket in the draw to be held at the presentation dinner after the last day of racing, which is on Saturday March 23rd 2013. Please note, that the winning boat will need to be represented at the presentation in order to collect the prize.

The Mini-Regatta program is as follows:

  • January 19, 2013- Offshore
  • February, 16 2013- Inshore, but a late start is planned for 1430 hrs
  • March 9, 2013- Inshore, start time to be confirmed
  • March 232013 - Inshore, start time to be confirmed.

Good Sailing!

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