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Classic nor'easter to close Commodore's Cup at Sail Port Stephens

by Nic Douglass 12 Apr 2018 08:47 BST 9-15 April 2018

The final day of the Commodore's Cup, the cruising focussed part of Sail Port Stephens, came to a close yesterday in classic nor'easter conditions.

With swells of over three metres offshore, the race committee wisely chose to keep the competitors in the bay to race their third of three races. The gradient northerly eased just after their first lap, only to build into a solid sea breeze for the final lap and beat home.

Full results can be found here.

Competitors all raved about the regatta, not only because they had a quick ride home, but because the the party got underway early! The prizegiving ceremony highlight for me was definitely the best dressed competition for the Hawaiian themed "Beach Buoys Ball", which I was lucky enough to host and award. Congratulations to Silver Minx on their matching shirts, shorts, and cabana hats, and Zenith and Black Sheep on winning the lucky door prize paddle boards from Pantaenius Sail & Motor Yacht Insurance.

It is quiet on Nelson Bay today, apart from some keen teams heading out to train, and the late arrival of some yachts who will join in for the Garmin NSW IRC Championship, the NSW Super 12 Championship or Sports Boat National Championship divisions tomorrow in addition to the Performance Racing and Cruising divisions.

If you are out racing over Friday to Sunday, be sure to enter the Pantaenius Cup by tomorrow, simply nominate your team and another, and the best placed duo will be in the running to win a paddle board each thanks to Pantaenius Sail & Motor Yacht Insurance. I will also be keeping an eye out on social media for the best on board pictures from the regatta, use #PantaeniusYachtInsurance for your chance to be featured, or win prizes at the presentation on Sunday evening!

For more adventures check out my website, the event website at, head straight to my social channels, @sailorgirlHQ on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or stay tuned for daily reports.

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