Intrigue to lead Opening Day Sail Past

  • September 29, 2017

Intrigue, veteran yachtsman Don Calvert’s Castro 40, will lead the fleet in the Parade of Sail on Opening Day of the Yachting Season Saturday week, 7 October. Intrigue, built down the Huon 33 years ago, represented Australia at the Admiral’s Cup in 1985 and was top-scoring team yacht.

Over the next 32 years Calvert, now in his early 80s, has sailed Intrigue to continuous success in racing on the Derwent and southern Tasmanian offshore waters.
The Huon pine yacht is a multiple winner of both the Maria Island and Bruny Island Races, including taking line and handicap honours in the 2016 Bruny Island Race.

More than 200 yachts and motor cruisers and a smattering of dinghies are expected to take part in the colourful parade of sail from off the Regatta Grounds to Sullivan’s Cove.
The Governor, the Honourable Professor Kate Warner, accompanied by RYCT Vice Commodore Tracy Matthews, will take the salute from the motor yacht Egeria.


Among the yachts in the parade of sail will be the beautiful gaff-rigged yawl Gypsy taking part in Opening Day for the 100th time.  Gypsy, also built of Huon pine on the Tasman Peninsula in 1914 and took part in her first Opening Day of the Yachting Season in 1918 when the Knight family bought the yawl.

Officer of the day for the 2017 Opening Day will be RYCT Life Member Biddy Badenach, despatching Intrigue and the fleet in divisions from 1400 hours.  Following last year’s successful venture, the RYCT is again inviting who wants to watch the sail past to cruise in comfort on MV Excella.


As is tradition, the vessels in the Opening Day sail past will head down river after saluting the Governor for a convivial raft-up, probably off Nutgrove Beach.
The following day, Sunday 8 October, the RYCT will conduct the opening race of the season, the Channel Race, starting from off Castray Esplanade at 10.00 hours.  You can download a copy of the Opening Day Program HERE

Words and photos: Peter Campbell
1 October 2017