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Boats hit the water for start of sailing season

ABOUT 150 boats took to the River Derwent on October 2 for the official launch of the 2021/22 sailing season, including the traditional ‘sail-by’ event that has been held annually for the past 138 years.

Boats from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Derwent Sailing Squadron, Bellerive Yacht Club, Motor Yacht Club of Tasmania, Geilston Bay Boat Club and Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania gathered near the Tasman Bridge before sailing single-file into Sullivans Cove.

There, crews gave their official salute as they went past the ML Egeria. Onboard was the Governor, Her Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker, who reciprocated the salutes. Boats then continued onto Nutgrove Beach for a nautical picnic.

Some of the upcoming sailing events planned for this season include the Combined Clubs pennant, the Crown Series at Bellerive Yacht Club, and the Not the Nations event at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.