Booked out Sail Country 2018 regatta bringing sailors to Lake Hume

Albury Wodonga Yacht Club (AWYC) is gearing up for a huge weekend of racing with Sail Country starting on Saturday (3 November).

The popular event is now among the top ten regattas by entry numbers in Australia, attracting sailors, coaches and support crews from Melbourne, Sydney, regional NSW and Victoria and the local community.

Sail Country 2018 is fully booked with 200 boats registered to compete in racing on Saturday and Sunday (3 & 4 November 2018). Details of 2018 entrants and their home sailing clubs are available at: Sail Country 2018 entries.

The regatta attracts a very large youth component, starting with children from the age of eight who sail in the International Optimist class, through to adults and members of the Laser Masters Association.

Sail Country 2018 will incorporate:

  • the Victorian Dinghy Championship (a heat of the Victorian Sailing Cup), including Optimist, Minnow, Laser, and 420 and 29er boats.
  • the International Fireball Victorian State Titles.

Many sailors stay on after Sail Country to join coaching and training programs on Lake Hume on Monday and Tuesday.

The huge event is run 100% by volunteers from AWYC, Naval Cadets and Volunteer Coastguard groups, with generous sponsorship from businesses, and support from Albury City and the City of Wodonga. The Commercial Club and Spitwater Australia are returning as Gold Sponsors and Blacklocks Jaguar Land Rover is board as a Gold Sponsor for Sail Country 2018.

Locals can enjoy the spectacle of up to 200 boats starting from vantage points on Jacksons and Kookaburra Points on the Victorian side of Lake Hume near Bonegilla.