Tanilba Bay Sailing Club to host annual Big Boat Regatta on February 17-18

PREPARED: Tanilba Bay Sailing Club members (from left) Zac Breaden, Mike Colecliffe, Jayden Breaden, 5, Koby Spencer, 7, and Finn Abbott, 8. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts
PREPARED: Tanilba Bay Sailing Club members (from left) Zac Breaden, Mike Colecliffe, Jayden Breaden, 5, Koby Spencer, 7, and Finn Abbott, 8. Picture: Ellie-Marie Watts

The waters of Tanilba Bay will be a hive of activity this weekend when the Big Boat Regatta returns.

Hosted by Tanilba Bay Sailing Club, the annual regatta is for beach catamarans 16 to 18 feet long. 

“We have a good fleet of catamarans here in Tanilba Bay, with up to 15 boats sailing regularly, so it’s a really strong sailing culture and the perfect spot to hold a regatta,” Sam Breaden from the the Tanilba Bay club said. 

Competitors from across NSW, including a large sailing contingent from the Central Coast and Sydney, are expected to take part in the regatta on February 17 and 18.

The regatta will also act as one leg in the five race Formula 18 Traveller Series.

A number of champion sailors such as Steve Brewin, the current A-Class catamaran world title holder, and Tanilba Bay’s own state title holder Zac Breaden will attend the regatta, as will Olympic coach and silver medallist Andrew Landenberger.

A variety of catamaran classes will be hitting the water on the weekend including Taipans, F18, A-Class and Hobie classes.

“We are expecting up to 30 competitive boats to line up for starters’ orders, and we’re aiming to have up to eight races, as long as the weather holds,” Breaden said. 

Spectators are encouraged to head down to Peace Park on the Tanilba Bay foreshore from noon on Saturday and 10.30am on Sunday to catch the action. 

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