BMW Showdown this weekend

  • October 31, 2018

This weekend’s BMW Showdown regatta on the River Derwent has added significance this year, as a lead-up to more than a dozen Australian national championships for off-the-beach and sports boat classes in Hobart this summer.
Tasmania’s biggest off-the-beach and one-design keelboat regatta, next Saturday and Sunday, 3-4 November, includes events for most of the classes that will be holding their nationals on the Derwent in late November and from late December to mid-January.

Entries for the BMW Showdown officially close at 1600 hours tomorrow, Wednesday, 31 October, but late entries will be accepted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania up until 0900 on Saturday, 3 November.

Among National championships being sailed on the River Derwent this summer are Optimists, International Cadets, 420s, 9ers and Nacra 15s, followed by the prestigious 2019 Australian Youth Championships in mid-January. In the North of the State, the Australian and Oceana Laser Championships will be sailed on Bass Strait, off Devonport.

Strong entries of 29ers and Laser Radials, along with Cadets and Optimists, are expected for the BMW Showdown as these classes prepare for their Nationals.
Classes contesting the Australian Youth Championships will Bic Techno 293 and Bic Techno Plus sailboards, Int Laser 4.7s, Int Laser Radials, Int 420s, Int 29ers, with classes for boys and girls, and the Nacra 15 catamaran for mixed crews.
Early entries for the BMW Showdown already reflect mainland interest in the many national championships, with Victorian Kirwan Robb entering Ikon10 in the SB20 class in which a fleet of at least 20 SB20s is expected.

One prominent sailor missing from the SB20 fleet at Showdown will be Nick Rogers who has elected to sail his classic Dragon class yacht Karabos in the one-design keelboat. He recently won the Dragon sprint series on the Derwent and is planning to contest the Dragon Worlds in Perth this summer.
In addition to the Showdown Regatta, the RYCT has revived the Green Island Race for Saturday, 2 November, which will take the keelboat fleet down the Derwent to Green Island in the Channel.

Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Peter Campbell, Angus Calvert, Jane Austin
30 October 2018