THIS weekend the waters of Tanilba Bay will be a hive of activity, with the Taipan Catamaran NSW State Titles to be held on February 18 and 19.
Tanilba Bay Amateur Sailing Club is hosting the event, which is being held in conjunction with the annual Tanilba Bay Big Boat Regatta.
Sam Breaden, a member of the Tanilba Bay Club, volunteered Tanilba Bay to host the titles, which will be it’s second time hosting the event.
“We have a strong fleet of taipans here in Tanilba Bay, with five to six boats sailing regularly, so it’s a really strong sailing culture up here and the perfect spot to hold the state titles,” Breaden said.
The event is also an opportunity for younger sailors to get experience in competition.
“Two of our junior sailors will be sailing in their first senior regatta, so it will be a great opportunity for them to further develop their skills,” Breaden said.
Competitors will come from up and down the NSW coast, with a strong contingent hailing from the Central Coast and Sydney.
“We are expecting up to 30 competitive boats to line up for starters’ orders, and we’re aiming to have five races, as long as the weather holds,” Breaden said.
The Taipan Catamaran Association of Australia is organising the races, and observers are encouraged to head down to Peace Park on the Tanilba Bay foreshore from 12pm on Saturday and 10.30am on Sunday to catch all of the action.
Various catamaran classes will be hitting the waters of Tanilba Bay, including taipans, formula 18s, A class and hobie classes.