Hillarys Yacht Club flags second Easter regatta for 2019

Hillarys Yacht Club will host its second Easter regatta in 2019.
Hillarys Yacht Club will host its second Easter regatta in 2019.

HILLARYS Yacht Club will ramp up for next year’s Easter dinghy coaching regatta with an increased focus on high-level coaching and off-water activities.

Announcing the club’s second multi-fleet Easter coaching regatta, commodore Neil Harrison said the vision for the event was to achieve must-do status on coaches’ and class calendars after a successful inaugural event in 2018.

“The 68 entries across eight classes certainly confirmed that there is solid demand for a blue water regatta like this in Perth,” he said.

“The goal now is to ramp up the learning opportunities and increase the on-shore activities for participants.”

Classes invited to compete in this year’s regatta, which will be held to the west and north sides of Hillarys marina, include Optimist, Laser, Bic, Minnow, National 125, Taser, 420 and 29ers.

The event will continue to be an Optimist ranking regatta while the organising committee is discussing the addition of other classes with state associations.

Harrison said the club hoped to again attract high-level coaches as well as experienced sailors to instruct and talk about their journeys to achieving championship results.

“On top of the on-water coaching, the opportunity for aspiring sailors to hear how today’s champions reached the top can be truly motivating and inspirational,” he said.

Last Easter’s regatta attracted a number of the state’s leading dinghy coaches and sailors including Olympic gold medallists and WA Institute of Sport head sailing coach Belinda Stowell and fellow coach Ryan Palk.

Dennis Jones, Chris Kelly and Chelsea Bradford were also involved.

Other drawcards included the Open Bic Worlds team’s attendance and the Optimist Association’s decision to make the event a ranking regatta.

For more information, visit www.hillarysyachtclub.com.au