Ahoy, sailor! Cygnet Regatta 2012

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It is known as one of the largest keel boat regattas in Tasmania, with a long tradition of attracting sailing enthusiasts from across the country to its fold.

And this year the Gygnet Regatta 2012 social weekend is expected to be bigger and better than ever – which means there will be 90 or more boats featuring in the lead-up races.

The boating event takes place over the March long weekend from 9 to 11 March and is described by organisers as three days of “great racing”,” great prizes” and “great food”.

Day one starts with lead up races from Hobart to Kettering, which is organised by the Port Cygnet Sailing Club and Derwent Sailing Squadron.

This is then followed by another round of lead-up races on Saturday (10 March) from Kettering to Cynget, with the Kettering Yatch Club getting involved for this part of the journey.

On Sunday (March 11) the Cygnet Regatta takes to the water and participants are encouraged to check their starting divisions before setting sail.

Rules for the sailing contest are similar to most events of this kind, with all yachts required to pay an entry fee and needing to complete their registrations well ahead of time.

Organisers will also make sure that participants receive regular updates about the races, as well as notice of any last minute changes.

Depending on weather conditions a decision will be made to shorten the sailing course or keep to the official route, but this will be decided on the day.

Boats that are still on the water from midnight will be deemed to have retired.

Along with meeting like-minded people and spending your day breathing in the fresh sea breeze, participants also have the chance to dine with their competitors and enjoy some of the state’s finest produce.

The Cygnet Regatta is free to watch, making it a great day out for the whole family and visitors to the island state.

Scene from Cygnet Regatta 2010

Sailing Club at Cygnet

Sailing Cygnet

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