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Bellerive Regatta lives on

THE Banjo’s Shoreline Crown Series Bellerive Regatta is ready to set sail from 15 to 17 February 2019.

Hosted by the Bellerive Yacht Club, it will be the 15th anniversary of the popular sailing event under the Crown Series format, and 166 years since the first Bellerive Regatta was conducted in 1853.

This regatta, which last year attracted around 150 entrants, is now a well-established and popular event in the yachting program, ensuring the tradition of the event continues well into the future.

“The regatta provides an ideal platform for sailors to display their boat handling skills on the beautiful Derwent River,” Bellerive Yacht Club general manager Phil Jackman said.

“This is the largest keel boat regatta in Tasmania and continues to grow in popularity among keel boat owners as a must enter regatta not only for the fierce on-water competition, but for the social interaction in the on-shore activities.”

This year’s event will also be incorporating the Tasmanian AMS (Australian Measurement System) and SB20 One Design State titles.

It provides an opportunity for a very large “off the beach” fleet from the various junior sailing clubs around the state to compete.

Entries are expected from a range of classes, including International Cadets, Lasers Radials and 4.7s, International 2.4s, Optimists, Sabots, O’pen Bic, Sabres, Sharpies, Herons, Mirrors, 470s, NS14s, 29ers and 420s.

The Bellerive Yacht Club is inviting members of the public to a range of on-shore activities occurring over the weekend.

“There will be a variety of food options and outstanding entertainment provided by Franklin Byrne on Friday night, soloist Pete Thomas on Saturday afternoon, followed by the band Barrelhouse on Saturday evening,” Mr Jackman said.

“On Saturday afternoon some activities have been planned around the club and boardwalk area, including displays by MAST, the Cancer Council and the radio-controlled boat club.”

Mr Jackman said a regatta of this scale required an enormous amount of effort and volunteer resources, both on and off the water.

“This regatta would not occur without the wonderful cooperation and support from all the other yacht and sailing clubs around the state,” he said.

“Bellerive Yacht Club would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers that put their hands up to assist.”

Caption: The Banjo’s Shoreline Crown Series Bellerive Regatta will be held from 15-17 February. Photo credit: Jane Austen