Sailing in Tasmania

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Sports enthusiasts across the country will no doubt have been delighted to see Australia’s Tom Slingsby win Australia’s first individual gold medal in the Men’s Laser Class. Yachting has gone on to be a major winning sport in this year’s Olympics.

And while we might not be quite in the same league as this particular athlete, it is fair to say that sailing will increase in popularity among people who might not have had a strong interest in the sport due to this victory.

So with this in mind, it might be a good idea to learn more about the different opportunities to go sailing locally and hone your sporting ambitions.

Tasmania is often described as a temperate paradise for sailors and with the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race helping to promote our waters to international audiences, it is little wonder that so many visitors to the island state are keen to take part in the many events that are dedicated to this sport.

Among events that take place in Tasmania include the biennial Australian Wooden Boat Festival which will next be held in February 2013, the Royal Hobart Regatta and the well-known Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

However, you will also find a variety of smaller events that dot the state’s yachting calendar and are open to sailors with a range of ability levels and experience on the water.

For those who are visiting Tasmania from the mainland, the traditional route will see you travelling along the sunny east coast. However, if you are feeling adventurous yachts are  available for charter or hire to take you to any point on Tasmania’s amazing coast.

If you are making your way from Melbourne, you will need to step up to the challenge of the Bass Strait, which is widely considered to be one of the toughest stretches of water to navigate in the world.

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