Heaven Can Wait 2019



MARCH 3, 2019

Sailors challenged in 2019 Heaven Can Wait Regatta


The 2019 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta (HCW) – run over the weekend of February 23 and 24, proved to be a very challenging time for competitors, particularly those doing the overnight races, with 30 plus knots of wind experienced in the early hours of Sunday morning. Many competitors experienced gear failure and only 6 of the 15 boats entered in the 24 hour race, completed the 24 hours of racing. Tasha – a Lake Macquarie Yacht Club catamaran, took out Line Honors in the 24 Hour Race.

Mel Steiner – Race Director and Vice Commodore of the Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto said, “60 boats were registered to start in the regatta but 3 boats from outside Lake Macquarie dropped out before the start because of the forecast weather conditions and the difficulty of getting back to their home ports. We also know of other boats that did not put an entry in for the same reason or because of concerns about the depth of the Swansea Channel.”

“Line Honors for the One Lap Dash – a 30 nautical mile dash around the length and breadth of the lake, went to Andrew Sim sailing a Moth - Out Of The Blue”. Andrew also took out the Overall Handicap position and Division 1 Handicap. More importantly Mr. Steiner said, “Andrew broke Nathan Outteridge's 2013 record for the One Lap dash completing the circuit in 2h 11m 20s - a shade under 3 minutes better than Nathan's record”. Second across the line was Ric Black on a kite board and third was Nathan Outteridge and sister Hayley on a Nacra foiling catamaran.

Full results can be viewed at www.rmyctoronto.com.au/race-results.

Pre race entertainment featured well known local aerobatic pilot – Paul Bennett, who put on dazzling display for competitors and the local community in front of the Royal Motor Yacht Club at Toronto. This is the second year that Paul has starred in the pre race entertainment and he has committed again for 2020. 

The HCW is a fundraiser – primarily for the Hunter Branch of Cancer Council NSW and their Home Help Program, with some funds going to Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie who provide on water support during the regatta. Funds are raised via corporate sponsorship, a charity dinner and auction, race entry fees and fundraising activities on the part of competitors and crew, their friends, family and work associates. Mr Steiner said “the numbers are still being reconciled and are expected to be less than 2018 – a record year, mainly because much of the available charity funds have been directed toward drought relief. We do however expect to raise in the order of $40,000 from this year’s regatta. In total, over $300,000 has been raised through the HCW in support of the Hunter Branch of Cancer Council NSW.”


The HCW takes place as a part of Lakefest, a two-week celebration of aquatic activity on Lake Macquarie.  

More information on Heaven Can Wait and Lakefest is available at www.heavencanwait.com.au and www.lakefest.com.au.

You can see all the photos taken at the dinner, the regatta and the presentations by going to the HCW Latest News page.