Sailors to hit high seas

A HUGE week of sailing will kick off on Sunday when the National Trailerable Multihull Regatta comes to the waters of Hervey Bay - and great sailing conditions are expected to make it a week to remember for competitors.

The event will be hosted by the Hervey Bay Boat Club Yacht Squadron and will start with an invitation race on Sunday.

The championship races will be held from Monday and will continue for the rest of the week.

Thirty boats are expected to hit the waters of Hervey Bay to compete in the regatta.

Three divisions of boats will compete for the national titles across their respective categories.

Division one will be contested by catamarans and trimarans and competition is expected to be fierce.

Experienced sailors Tony Considine and Clive Kennedy will compete in that division and are expected to do well.

Local sailors Daryl Dorsett and Tony Richardson will also compete.

Division two will be mostly made up of Corsair trimarans. Bob Critchley and Simon Paterson will compete in that division.

In division three four Seawind yachts will slug it out, with local sailors Trevor Dean and Tom Cochrane competing against Tin Can Bay sailors Noel Rickards and John Dowling.

The weather is expected to be close to perfect for sailing out on the waters of Hervey Bay over the next week.

The current breezy conditions are expected to calm down but not die completely.

The wind is forecast for 15-knot south-easterlies which should provide competitors with good sailing conditions.

The invitation race on Sunday is open to all non-regatta yachts and anyone interested in competing can come along to the pre-race briefing, which will be held at 11am at the yacht squadron headquarters.

The race will start at 1pm.

A barbecue will be held at 6pm at the Hervey Bay Boat Club to welcome competitors after the invitation race.



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