More than 60 keelboats already have entered the 2018 Banjo’s Shoreline Crown Series Bellerive Regatta although entries don’t close until next Monday, 12 February.
The regatta, Tasmania’s largest combined event for keelboats, sports boats and off the beach racing skiffs and dinghies, will be held the weekend of 16,17 and 18 February.
Competition starts with a twilight race for keelboats on the evening of Friday, 16 February followed by back-to-back races for all classes on the Saturday and Sunday.
Bellerive Yacht Club is expecting a late spike in entries, in particular for the Racing Division, Cruising Without Spinnakers, SB20 sports boats and the off-the-beach classes where entries are being accepted until next Wednesday, 15 February.
The SB20 and International Dragon classes are using the Crown Series Bellerive Regatta as their Tasmanian State championships.
A feature of the regatta is always the Mumm 36 ‘World Championship’, originating as a two-boat duel between BYC-based B&G Advantage (Jeff Cordell) and Tas Paints, skippered by club vice-commodore Ian Stewart.
This year the Mumm 36 fleet has expanded to four boats, the other two being Heat Wave (Stephen Kealy) and Madness (Gavin Adamson) with close competition expected in boat-for-boat racing.
There are also two Farr 40s, Wayne Banks-Smith’s War Games and Gary Cripps and Hughie Lewis’ Guilty Pleasures IV.
The regatta has drawn entries for Bellerive Yacht Club, Kettering Yacht Club, the Derwent Sailing Squadron, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and Port Dalrymple Yacht Club.
As of today, Thursday, 8 February, the Cruising Spinnaker division had drawn 28 entries including prominent cruiser/racers Black Magic, BYC Commodore Graham Mansfield’s Dubois 40, along with past Sydney Hobart race winner Ultimate Challenge, Hydrotherapy, As Good As It Gets, The Protagonist, Twitch and the Young 88s Footloose and Young One.
Early entries for the SB20 States include Hypertronics (Stephen Catchpool) and Porco Rosso (Elliott Noye).
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Peter Watson
9 February 2018