BMW come aboard the Showdown

  • October 27, 2016

Sabots and an Optimist competing in last year’s regatta with strong fleet expected this year. PICTURE Angus Calvert

The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s major spring regatta, the Showdown, has a new sponsor in prestige car dealers Hobart Autohaus and will be known as the BMW Showdown.

The BMW Showdown will be held next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 5-6 November with the sponsorship also extending to the revived Green Island Race to be held on the Saturday.
The RYCT will officially launch the BMW Showdown at a function at the Club next Thursday evening, welcoming aboard the enthusiastic new sponsor, Hobart Autohaus.

The BMW Showdown is expected to attract a fleet of 35 SB20 one-design sports boats sailing on the courses that will be used for the World Championship in January 2018. The fleet may include interstate entries.

Strong off-the-each entries are coming in to the Sailing Office which is expecting 20-plus Lasers competing in their Travellers Trophy, a strong fleet of Sabots, including one entry from the mainland, a mass of Optimists, and a fleet of up to 20 International Cadets.

The BMW Showdown will be a significant lead-up regatta for the Tasmanian crews who will represent Australia at the Cadet Worlds in Argentina in December.

Other off-the-beach classes expected to compete in the eight-race regatta including the expanding fleet of 29ers, as well as foiler Moths, Flying 11s and 2.4mRs.

Rio Olympian Carrie Smith, who helmed the women’s 470 entrant, will be present at the prizegiving for the BMW Showdown on the Sunday afternoon.

Among the seven early entries for the 30 nautical mile Green Island on Saturday,  5 November including Gary Smith’s The Fork in the Road and Don Calvert’s Intrigue.  Steadfast Taswide Insurance Brokers will provide the prizes for the Green Island Race.

More late entries are expected as this will be the last long race, down the Derwent and into D’Entrecasteaux Channel and return, before the 180 nautical mile Maria Island ocean race, starting on 18 November.

Early entries for the Maria Island Race include The Fork in the Road,  Kaiulani, Wild West and Footloose.

Words:  Peter Campbell