The Beneteau 2019 Annual Regatta

As the wind is whistling past the office, we were grateful for the weather window on Saturday at our annual Owner’s Regatta here in Melbourne, and what a day it was!

We would once again like to thank all of those who attended and supported this event once again.

A fantastic turn out of 20 registered entrants, braving the early morning start to head down to the welcome lunch at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron. A gathering of family and friends enjoyed a fabulous spread laid on by our hosts and after a short briefing from David Beck, everyone was eager to prep the boats and head out onto the course.

The race begins...

The clouds were clearing, the wind was building, to reef or not to reef… One of the many last-minute decisions for our skippers and one that would prove to be quite significant.

A clean start from the Spinnaker Division saw everyone get away on the gun and everyone set off in the direction of the elusive R2 mark…

Welcome back to land...

The non-spinnaker division welcomed some new faces this year and the fleet departed to tackle the course in the glorious sunshine of Port Philip Bay

Seeing the smiling faces as the boats arrived up in docklands, against the stunning city backdrop of Melbourne is always a rewarding part of the day, and always great to catch up on the dock afterwards for the post-race banter and chat.

The all-important results for 2019 as follows:

Spinnaker Division Results:

  • 1st Place – Way to Go, First 34.7, G Mckinven
  • 2nd Place – Carpe Diem, First 50, P Commins
  • 3rd Place, Watermark, Oceanis 51.1, M Hodgson

Non Spinnaker Division Results:

  • 1st Place, Étoile, Oceanis 38.1, J Gordon
  • 2nd Place, Circe, Sense 55, R Johnston
  • 3rd Place, Hot Chipps, Oceanis 41.1, J Chipp

The evening...

Afternoon turned to evening & the crews headed into the Cargo Hall for a sit-down dinner & prize-giving. Once again the venue and evening were a success, complementing the relaxed nature of the day

Supported by our fantastic sponsors we were able to provide a host of spot prizes to ensure that no-one left the event empty handed!

A huge thanks to all involved from David, John and the entire team at Sundance Marine – we look forward to seeing you out there on the water. Another great regatta, can’t wait to see everyone back next year!!