Anchors away for Bellerive Regatta

Bellerive Yacht Club will host the 20th Crown Series Bellerive Regatta from February 23 to 25, marking 171 years since the inaugural event in 1853.

First run in its current format more than two decades ago by Bellerive Yacht Club members Robin White and Stephen Keal, the regatta has grown into Tasmania’s largest combined keelboat and off the beach sailing event.

The first Crown Series Bellerive Regatta took place in 2005 alongside the Clarence on the Water Jazz Festival.

This year, it will also host the Tasmanian SB20 State Championships, attracting diverse entries, including International Cadets, Optimists, 29ers, Sailboards, OTB Catamarans and much more.

The regatta’s success is attributed to the support of volunteers from clubs like the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and the Derwent Sailing Squadron.

Spectators can enjoy thrilling yacht races from various vantage points around Kangaroo Bay and Bellerive Bluff, kicking of at 5:30pm Friday evening and continuing across the weekend from 11am Saturday and Sunday.

The event promises not only intense on-water competition but also a vibrant social program with live music at the Bellerive Yacht Club.

Banjo’s Shoreline returns as the event’s major sponsor this year and will celebrate 10 years of support for one of Tasmania’s most historic regattas.

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