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Middle Harbour Yacht Club announces Super Group Spring Regatta

by Middle Harbour Yacht Club 23 Oct 2020 09:47 BST 28-29 November 2020
Melges 20s and 24s and a variety of Sportsboats will sail in Super 20 Group © Andrea Francolini

Middle Harbour Yacht Club has announced a new regatta to promote competition in Sydney for a range of sports yachts with asymmetric gennakers.

The inaugural Super Group Spring Regatta will be part of MHYC's big weekend on 28 and 29 November, coinciding with the 43rd edition of the Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC) racing off Sydney Heads on both days. The annual Seven Islands Passage Race, a clubhouse pursuit start for a varied keelboat fleet, will also be held on the Saturday.

The Super 20s will bring together Melges 24, Melges 20, Magic 25 and J70 classes but could also attract Shaw 650s, VX Ones and other classes. The SB20 Association has shown strong interest, but the border closures due to Covid-19 mean that the Victorian and Tasmanian boats will not be participating in the first year of the event. Kevin Nixon's Melges 24 Accru will be competing with Heath Walters new boat from RPAYC, with both taking on a variety of other classes on event handicap including Andrew Hurt's Melges 20 Onya.

Sydney Amateur Sailing Club has become a focus of Super 30 racing and there are a number of similar boats sailing from clubs around the harbour. Farr 30, Melges 32 and Flying Tiger classes are expected to provide the majority of entrants in this division.

Unfortunately the Super 40 group is not expected to be running in 2020 due to a clash of schedule with the MC38 Act 6 in Pittwater. We look forward to their involvement in 2021.

Six races are scheduled for the Super Group Regatta, with a combination of inshore windward-leeward and short passage races planned. Principal Race Officer for the weekend's racing is Denis Thompson.

The Notice of Race is now published and online entry is open.

All event information here.

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