Easter Regatta: Manly to Mooloolaba Hart Cup 17th year

...Easter’s Manly to Mooloolaba Hart Cup race celebrates its 17th anniversary this year with a growing fleet of boats planning to contest the coastal race.

The annual Good Friday event is normally a pleasant full-day race, with the fleet of monohulls and multihulls snaking their way north through the shipping channels and along the picturesque coastline before turning left into Mooloolaba. 

The race is started by Wynnum Manly Yacht Club (WMYC) on Moreton Bay and then finished by Mooloolaba Yacht Club at Point Cartwright. 

The Hart Cup trophy started its life in 1912 when the silver cup was presented by JH Hart, then President of the Wynnum and Manly Sailing Club (W&MSC), to Mr Dalzell of the yacht Nonpariel.  

Then in 1914 The Manly Yacht Club was founded and the trophy used to celebrate the results of the friendly rivalry between the two clubs. With the financial assistance of Mr Hart the two clubs cooperated to develop Green Island in 1917 complete with garden, shelter sheds, bathing boxes and a T-head jetty. 

During the depression both W&MSC and The Manly Sailing clubs closed.  It was not until 1962 that WMYC was formed. 

In 1994 ex-club Commodore Dudley Young obtained the old silver cup and presented it back to WMYC. When the first Good Friday passage race to Mooloolaba was organised in 1996, the trophy was renamed in honour of Mr Hart. Its first winner was the Van Lunteren family’s yacht, Six Pack.

WMYC’s Sailing Chair, Greg Doolan, expects over a dozen Brisbane boats to line up against a similar number of Mooloolaba-based boats for the traditional race. 

To enter the Hart Cup, enter online with WMYC (http://www.wmyc.com.au/index.php?page=hart_cup
or with MYC (http://www.mooloolaba.yachting.org.au/event.asp?ID=47523&format=popup).

For more Easter Regatta and Hart Cup information, go www.wmyc.com.au and www.mooloolaba.yachting.org.au
 
...

Real Life Castaway - Three Sailors Stranded on a Deserted Is

When three sailors capsized and damaged their boat off the tiny island of Fanadikin Micronesia, there was no other option but swimming to shore and sitting there, waiting three days for rescue.

Catamaran crossing bar in Hawaii - destroyed on rocks!

Back in February, a monster swell rolled into Hawaii. That very same day, a catamaran tried to cross a bar it shouldn't have.

Darwin Sailing Club - an industry leader!

The Darwin Sailing Club say they're getting back to their core mission, offering sailing and hospitality, but no pokies. This week throwing them on the rubbish pile to make way for more 'sailing stuff'.

Get into foiling on a budget! Waszp Moth cheaper than Laser!

A new Moth is being developed by an Australian designer, which promises a competitive boat for less than $15,000. That's small change for a foiler!

60ft Ocean Racer Hugo Boss found shipwrecked in Chile.

In 2006, Alex Thompson suffered a keel failure in his IMOCA 60, Hugo Boss which forced him to abandon the boat and step aboard a fellow competitor's yacht. 10 years later, it's been found.

106,000 beers, 6 tons of beef, 3,000 snags - Hamo Race Week

Of course it's not just about the beers, Hamilton Island Race week is Australia's highest profile yachting regatta and this week the NOR is available and entry open.

Crazy Fast Foiling Catamarans Are Coming to Australia!

This week in Dubai, the Extreme Sailing Series was launched, announcing 8 teams competing in 8 stops around the world, with an all new boat that's set to wow spectators.

Historical 18ft Skiffs Race on Sydney Harbour.

With enormous rigs and 6 man crews, these vintage 18ft skiffs were a sight to behold on Sydney Harbour this week, with 11 of the classics racing.

How to fit an 80 ft mast under a 65ft bridge?

No, the answer is not to lay it down! Well, it kind of is, but not in the way you first think! This every-day yacht uses an ingenious way to fit beneath a bridge on the Intracoastal Waterway in America.

Sailing Legend - Bob Oatley dies aged 87

It's a sad day for the sailing community, who awoke this morning to hear of the death of Robert Oatley, sailing legend and owner of Wild Oats XI.