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2 months until Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta 2020

by Melvyn Steiner 26 Dec 2019 05:43 GMT 22-23 February 2020
Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta 2020 © Melvyn Steiner

Yes, I know, it's Xmas and New Year and the time to be merry - and I do wish you all the very best for Xmas and NY, BUT, have you got your crew organised and your entry in - NO? Well while you are relaxed over the Xmas NY break, why don't you get started.

The dates again for the 14th running of this fabulous charity event, are February 22 and 23 with the Heaven Can Wait Charity Dinner to be held on Friday February 21ST.

Our guests for the dinner will be identified in the next update.

The Entry and Fundraising Systems are now up and running so why not get your entry in now for the greatest fundraising regatta of its type on Lake Macquarie. Simply go to

The Heaven Can Wait Regatta is no ordinary regatta. It is not only an event that involves some pretty challenging - even endurance level racing, but it is also a major fund raising event for the Hunter Branch of Cancer Council NSW and specifically their Home Help Program. The Home Help Program provides domestic support to both recovering and terminal cancer patients who - because of their condition, are unable to fulfil their domestic responsibilities. A small amount of the funds raised also goes to Lake Macquarie Marine Rescue who provide on water support during the running of the regatta. So, by entering this regatta and participating in the fundraising effort, you will not only have a great sailing experience, but you will also be Doing the right thing and helping a charity that helps so many other people in need. So, get your crew, family, friends and work colleagues in on the act by supporting your efforts to raise funds for this fabulous cause.

There are some important updates to the NOR, so please take the time to read them. The main changes are to the close off dates for entry (refer paragraph 3) and rules when carrying spinnakers (refer paragraph 1). The NOR along with the latest news, can be viewed and / or downloaded from the website.

Pre race entertainment will once again be provided by well known Hunter region aerobatic pilot - Paul Bennet of Paul Bennet Air Shows. Those who participated in last year's regatta will recall Pauls stunning aerobatic work over the waters in front of the Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto and I know he will be equally as stunning for the 2020 regatta.

Once again, The HCW Regatta will be a part of Lakefest - a celebration of aquatic activity on Lake Macquarie from Saturday February 15 through Saturday March 7 and details of the Lakefest events will be posted on the Lakefest website - as they are confirmed. There will be lots of activity on the Lake, so why not come up early and participate in some of the other events planned for Lakefest.

All you need to do is free up your time for this great event - whether it be a quick dash around the lake with the One Lap Dash (or part of the lake with the Short One Lap Dash), the Challenge of the 12 Hour race or the 24 Hour Endurance Race. Just be there.

We look forward to seeing you on the 21st for the dinner and / or the 22nd for the Regatta.