Sailing Regatta – Property Industry Foundation 2012

Another successful Sailing Regatta for the wonderful charity PIF on Friday 23 March 2012. Under stunning blue skies on Sydney Harbour, the regatta provided tight fun racing in various categories, appreciated by the large cruising spectator fleet.  Then afterwards at the “surfin’ safari beach party” at Middle Harbour Yacht Club for regatta awards, much solcialising and to debate which yacht had right of way..

The PIF Regatta is a fantasic sailing regatta on Sydney Harbour where a large number of companies from the property fraternity clamour onboard a large fleet of yachts to race, and to raise money for PIF.

PIF, the Property Industry Foundation charity raises funds to support homeless kids around Australia.  “This is our indusrtry working together to raise a million dollar difference to help solve a very important problem – youth homelessness.

Victor Hoog Antink, National Chariman, PIF.

What is the most common yacht that sails the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race?

So what is the most common yacht that sails in the annual Sydney to Hobart race? Maxis? Custom? Nope – in this year’s race Beneteau was equal first with Sydney at 9 yachts apiece. Followed by Reichel Pugh at 5 yachts, and then Maxi at 4. Within the Beneteau and Sydney yachts groups, the most common model was Beneteau 40.7 First, and Sydney 38 respectively.

With a fleet of 86 yachts, the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race will be a truely spectacular sight as usual. Of course the high profile, big dollar maxis, like Wild Oats, Lahana, Ichi Ban and Investec Loyal take the headlines as the favourites for line honours. Unfortunately, the world’s youngest solo Sailor to navigate the globe – Jessica Watson has been deemed “Too Young” to compete in Australia’s premier Yacht Racing event or else I’m sure she will be the headline among the headlines.

I’ve also discovered there is an excellent web site to track the Sydney to Hobart yachts. It has info on all yachts, realtime updates, and good chart graphics for yacht location. Visit http://rolexsydneyhobart.com and track their movements in real-time!