In a very exciting development for RMYS, the ISAF Sailing World Cup (SWC) is moving to the newly named St Kilda Sailing Precinct for the next three years, with the first event in December 2015.
This is a move supported by, in no particular order, ISAF, Yachting Australia, Yachting Victoria, City of Port Phillip, State Government - Major Events, St Kilda Traders Association, and, of course, RMYS. The SWC is seen on the sporting scene as the equivalent to the Grand Slam of tennis and the F1 Grand Prix.
Melbourne is the first stop in the SWC year, and with the Olympics coming up in Rio in 2016, the Melbourne event is also an Olympic qualifier. The best Olympic class sailors in the world will be competing.
It is intended that the on-shore activities will extend from Catani Gardens to the Sea Baths complex, with the racing area from Port Melbourne to Elwood. All of this enables opportunities to watch the racing from the shore. Event organisation will be undertaken by Yachting Victoria and its event manager New Tack.
RMYS will be providing facilities in the marina for support boats and committee boats and in the clubhouse for volunteers and jury.
The numbers: The event is expecting about 900 competitors from over 40 countries, with around 400 competing boats and 60 support boats.
I'd like to thank all previous committee members who have promoted the move to St Kilda and, of course, all those involved in the marina construction. Without the marina, this event wouldn't happen in St Kilda.
I am thrilled about the opportunity it offers to showcase RMYS and sailing on Port Phillip. I would sincerely like the members to embrace such a privilege to host this event and offer to get involved around the club before, during and after the regatta.
If you are able to assist the Squadron in any way in the lead-up to the event, please contact the office.
Click here to view the official media release.
Click here to view the promotional video.