4 Seasons In One Day for VIC Beneteau Regatta

Last weekend Sundance Marine hosted the 15th Victorian Beneteau Regatta on Port Phillip Bay. Known as a great day for Beneteau owners to come together, the 2018 event proved yet another success with new and old owners from Sandringham, Brighton, Williamstown, Mornington, Martha Cove and Blairgowrie.

Assembling for the first time at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, a great spread of Beneteau owners with different models including the impressive Sense series and a variety of the very popular Oceanis range braved Melbourne first real rain in 3 months to arrive at RMYS.

The wet start to the day faded as crews enjoyed a fabulous lunch at RMYS before heading out to race. A Spinnaker and Non Spinnaker division raced and a shortened course was still enjoyed with 10-15 knots. With the rain cleared the finish was much nicer and boats crossed the line under the watchful eye of Luna Park and the St Kilda foreshore.

With the fleet heading towards the Yarra River, the upside of Melbourne’s ‘four season in one day’ reputation delivered a very pleasant cruise up the Yarra to Marine YE and once on land the fleet enjoyed a sunny, picturesque location for drinks and sandwiches plus a jet display courtesy of the Melbourne GP!

Several of those unable to sail then joined us for a dinner at Cargo Hall, a restored Pier shed on the Yarra River. Sundance Marine Director David Beck presented trophies and awards and everyone enjoyed a great evening with a lovely dinner and plenty of dancing! Located in in the heart of the South Wharf precinct owners and crews either returned to their overnight berths at Yarras Edge or heading out for further socialising.

Line Honours went to Paul Commins First 50, Carpe Diem in the Spinnaker Division and to Ross Johnson’s Sense 50, Circe in the Non Spinnaker.

Handicap results
Spinnaker Division
1st – Bigger Day Out, Remco Pen, Oceanis 45, MYC
2nd – Elegance, Nick Knezic, Oceanis 41.1, RBYC
3rd – Carpe Diem, Paul Commins, First 50, SYC

Non-Spinnaker Division
1st – Dilli Gaff, Paul Macbain, Oceanis 40, SYC
2nd – Brigitte, Denis Buckley, Oceanis 38, SYC
3rd – Etoile, John Gordon, Oceanis 38.1, SBYC

The strength of comradery between Beneteau owners from around the bay once again ensured a great day of sailing and socialising. Made possible by our major sponsor Nautilus Marine, thanks to RMYS for lunch and race management, the perfectly placed Yarras Edge Marina, Cargo Hall Southwharf plus our partners North Sails, Musto & Sails Magazine.

If you’re interested in participating in the Beneteau Regatta next year, contact Sundance Marine, exclusive Victorian and Tasmanian Beneteau Yacht & Powerboat dealer on 1300 55 00 89 www.sundancemarine.com.au