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Melbourne: Countdown to the Nationals 7-12 January

7 November 2019 Niesje Hees

James Grogan from RBYC is going to lead the charge for the club with their Youth Program in the Etchells. Seen here with Francesco Battaglini from the club

"James Grogan from RBYC is going to lead the charge for the club with their Youth Program in the Etchells. Seen here with Francesco Battaglini from the club"

Photo by:
Adrian Finglas

The Royal Brighton Yacht Club, the host club for the 2020 Etchells Australian Championship, will be having plenty of regatta practice in the lead-up, with two off the beach regattas during December, including the Finn Gold Cup.

Of course the club, the Melbourne Fleet, and RO Mark Taylor already have plenty of major regatta under their belts. Mark is having a really busy year:

  • Co-Chair 2020 Sail Melbourne International Race Management Committee
  • RO 2019 Finn Gold Cup (also being held at RBYC)
  • RO 2020 Etchells Australian Championships @RBYC
  • CRO 2020 49er/FX/Nacra World Championships @RGYC

RBYC has won the right to run the World Championship in 2023, so there is a heightened interest in the Fleet and the regatta venue. The club is fortunate to have the racecourse right on its doorstep. In most wind directions, the start is laid less than two nautical miles from the marina, and a 10-20 minute sail is more than enough to get you to the start on time.

For those of you who haven’t entered yet, a reminder of what you have to look forward to;

  • Racing on a large, uninterrupted race track
  • Access to two fixed cranes on the large hardstand
  • Access to a Clubhouse with it’s terrific bay views, and ultra-modern facilities including a cafe/restaurant providing service both the public and our members
  • Proximity to Melbourne CBD
  • Good roads and access for Etchells transportation and shipping
  • Large number of accommodation and dining options close by

The Melbourne fleet itself is in full preparation mode for the event, with its club racing program in the lead up, as well as training with Club Coach, Adrian Finglas. At the same time, the Etchells Youth Program is heating up with the Etchells Youth boat out on the water several days each week.

With all this activity there is a need for plenty of volunteers. If you are bringing friends or family to the regatta, and they would enjoy being more actively involved, there are a number of ways to help. They can register their interest at this link RBYC Summer of Sailing - we want you, and click on ‘Etchells Nationals.

Here is the link to enter the regatta Etchells National Championship.

Niesje Hees

IECAA Secretary

The hardstand at Brighton  all set to go for racing in January

"The hardstand at Brighton all set to go for racing in January"

Photo by:
RBYC









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