The Cup Regatta 2009
Members of the Classic Yacht Association of Australia and the Couta Boat Association share a love of wooden boats, and this event provides an opportunity to show-case their vessels.
The third and revised iteration of The Melbourne Cup Regatta is planned to get underway on Friday the 30th October, 2009 with two special contests:
The first is a 2-on-2 boat contest between the CYAA gun racing boats from the 60's, Mercedes III and Boambillee, and two of the hottest boats from the Couta Boat Fleet. The "Guineas Trophy", as it will be called, is the brain child of Martin Ryan, who was fascinated by the speed of the fishing boats, when sailing in their company at the 2009 Queenscliff Regatta, compared to state of the art 1960's Ocean racers. A thousand Guineas will be on the table for the winning Association. For more information see the guineaschallenge offical document.
At the same time Melbourne's re-energised Tumlaren fleet will compete to find the top boat on Port Phillip, reliving the glory days of the 40's and 50's.
After these two new events there will be a Opening Cocktail Party held at The Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, looking across Hobson's Bay Back to the City of Melbourne. We are hoping to arrange for as many vessels as possible to be berthed out the front of RYCV, rafting up and creating a fun social atmosphere in which we can share stories and information on our magnificent old boats.
The Regatta proper will start on Saturday 31st October, 2009 with a 20 nautical mile Passage Race around the top end of the Bay. Sunday 1st November, 2009 is a day for the purists with two short Laid Courses, testing the pure sailing skills of the racing fleet. Monday 2nd November, 2009 will see a morning Pursuit Race based on the corrected handicaps from previous races with the aim of a grouped finish at RYCV at around lunch time. On Monday afternoon we will hold a massive gourmet BBQ followed by the Presentation of trophies and prizes. And, if you still have any energy left, you can always go to the other "Cup" on Tuesday.
As always we are encouraging our interstate and Trans-Tasman members and enthusiasts to attend. They can be guaranteed a great weekend of sailing and socializing whilst celebrating The Melbourne Classic Fleet. Be a part of it!
Some Comments from 2008
"The racing was fabulous and close and the company superb. A great event and one which the CYANZ will be promoting as a 'must do' for next November." Tony Blake CYANZ President.
"Thank you to you and your team for putting on another special Cup Weekend Regatta…… the conditions were excellent for sailing, which we really enjoyed; plus the good company of the Kiwis we had as crew. The voyage across the bay to Sorrento, which I also enjoy, worked out well with quick and easy passages both directions." Rod Martin Couta Boat Skipper.