Bellerive Regatta will again be Tasmania’s largest keelboat regatta and a bumper event for off-the-beach classes.
The 15th annual Banjo’s Shoreline Crown Series With keelboat entries now exceed 80 yachts for the Racing, Cruising (Spinnakers) and Cruising Non-Spinnakers) divisions, along with SB20 and International Dragon one-design classes.
Off-the-beach entries don’t close until the end of business on Thursday, but already there’s the prospect of strong fleets of 29er skiffs, International Cadets, Laser 4.7s and Radials, Optimists, Sabres and Paper Tiger catamarans.
The regatta starts this coming Friday evening, 15 February, with a twilight race for the racing and cruiser/racer keelboats. The off-the-beach and one-design classes will join them for back to back races on Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 February.
The strong entry in the Cruising Group, both with spinnaker and non-spinnaker, shows the success of Bellerive Yacht Club in encouraging owners of cruiser-orientated yachts to compete under the PHS scoring system.
All yachts will race for PHS honours in both the Racing and Cruising Groups, with a big boost in entries from yachts also with IRC and AMS ratings.
“Banjo’s Shoreline Crown Series Bellerive Regatta provides an ideal platform for all keelboat owners and crews to display their boat handling skills on the beautiful River Derwent,” says BYC Commodore Graham (‘Manny’) Mansfield.
The two Racing divisions represent one of the most competitive fleets seen at the regatta and include Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster winner Whistler, along with two Melges 32s, four Mumm 36s, two Young 88 and two Farr 40s.
Entries for the Cruising Group range from former Sydney Hobart winner Ultimate Challenge and classic 8-metre class yacht Juanita to the Payne 7.4 Commbank and the Van De Stadt-designed Alumination.
The 2019 Crown Series Bellerive Regatta will be the Tasmanian championship for the SB20s, Dragons and also the inaugural Tasmanian AMS championship.
Nineteen SB20 will contest their State championships, with the fleet including Australian open champion Brett Cooper with Aeolus and Australian women’s champion Felicity Allison, steering Cook Your Own Dinner.
Heading the International Cadet early entries are Australian champions Hugo Allison and James Gough while Australian women’s champions Alice Buchanan and Dervla Duggan will be contesting the 29er skiffs.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Peter Watson, Jacinta Cooper, Jane Austin, Peter Campbell
12 February 2019