Yachts back on Derwent in mid-July

  • June 11, 2020

Yacht racing is expected to return to the River Derwent on Sunday, July 19 with the first race in a six-race Combined Clubs Winter Series, but crews must observe Government imposed COVID-19 restrictions in place on any given race day.

Plans for the Combined Clubs Winter Series were confirmed yesterday with the publishing of the Notice of Race and Entry Form by the Derwent Sailing Squadron, The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and Bellerive Yacht Club.

“Stage 3 easing of restrictions is expected to enable a return to full racing competition, with full crews and the use of spinnakers, bringing colour back to the Derwent and keen competition for sailors leading up to the Combined Clubs Summer Pennant Series 2020-21.” Combined Clubs Committee chairman, RYCT Vice Commodore Richard Bevan, said yesterday.

Vice Commodore Bevan stressed that under rule 3.4 of the Notice of Race all competing yachts will be required to submit a COVID-19 Contact Crew Information Form before each race in which the boat plans to compete. Boats not complying with this shall be scored DNC for the relevant race.

The Notice of Race also recommends that all participating crew have downloaded and are using the Australian Government COVID Safe app.

Each of three major clubs will conduct two race days in the Combined Clubs Winter Series, with races starting from 9.35am each Sunday from July 19 through to August 30.

RYCT and DSS races will start from off Castray Esplanade, Battery Point and BYC races from off Victoria Esplanade,Bellerive.

  • Phil Turner’s Reichel/Pugh 66, Alive, is the first Tasmanian yacht to be entered for the Rolex 76th Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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Words:  Peter Campbell

Photos: Peter Watson, Peter Campbel

10 June 2020