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Time to head offshore once more

24 July 2012 Richard Howard

Etchells come off the start line with Nobby's lighthouse in the background during the 2011 NCYC Etchells Offshore Regatta.

"Etchells come off the start line with Nobby's lighthouse in the background during the 2011 NCYC Etchells Offshore Regatta."

Photo by:
Kevin Abrahamson

The Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and Lake Macquarie Etchells Fleet invite all Etchells sailors to race in the 2012 NCYC Etchells Offshore Regatta. Similar to previous years, the regatta will be raced off Newcastle, which is just minutes from the ocean, unless poor weather requires a harbour course to be set.


With a view to building on 2011 entries and interstate interest in the regatta already being shown, NCYC is hopeful that a fleet of 15-20 will race this year. The services of National Race Officer, Phil Collyer, have been secured for the regatta and together with the NCYC's volunteers, this will make the regatta great fun, both on and off the water. NCYC will provide free hardstand, crane and berthing facilities during regatta.


Sentiments expressed by the competitors, like Roger 'Hicko' Hickman (Sun Tzu), who said, "I love getting up to Newcastle. It is such a great place to go racing, given its ease of access to a wonderful offshore track, fantastic facilities and great hospitality", beg the question, where else would you want to be for the long weekend?


Come and sail Etchells off Newcastle from 29 September to 1 October. To view the 2012 NCYC Etchells Offshore Regatta Notice of Race and to enter, go to www.ncyc.net.au and follow the links.



Richard Howard

ncyc.net.au

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