Heaven Can Wait
HEAVEN CAN WAIT CHARITY SAILING REGATTA
ENTRIES FOR THE 2016 HEAVEN CAN WAIT CHARITY SAILING REGATTA ARE NOW OPEN.
the 2016 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta is just 3 months away – February 20 / 21, and the entry system is now open so you can put your entry in right now – go to the HCW Race Entry Page or simply click Here. The Notice Of Race is also on the website click Notice Of Race to view and print it.
2016 will be the 10th anniversary of the running of this regatta and clearly we would like it to be a big one – again raising money for the Hunter Branch of the NSW Cancer Council and more specifically, there Home Help program. The Home Help program provides domestic assistance to recovering (and terminal) cancer patients who – because of their illness or their partners inability due to work commitment in support of the family, are unable to do all the domestic chores they would normally do.
As has always been the case, the HCW Regatta is a fundraising event, and entrants can choose to raise funds through Everydayhero or pay a mandatory donation fee – your preferred option is selected when you complete your entry. Of course, there is trophy for the highest fundraiser – presented on the Sunday following the 24 Hour race.
Each boat entered will receive one top quality long sleeve Burke sailing shirt (white) sponsored by Marmong Point Marina (major sponsor) and Burke Marine – you will be asked for sizes when you complete your entry.
In 2016, we will continue with the normal HCW Regatta format of the One Lap Dash, The 12 Hour and the 24 Hour races. In addition, we have included a Short One Lap Dash, specifically for slower Trailer Sailer’s and Off the Beach type craft. We also expect to include a Junior’s One Lap Dash specifically tailored for dinghy sailors with a much shorter course. Details of the Juniors One Lap Dash should be available shortly.
As has been the case in previous years, the HCW Regatta will be preceded by the Charity Dinner to be held on the Friday Night (February 19th ) at the RMYC Toronto. We have already lined up our first guest for the night, and that is Peter Conde – Performance Director Australia Sailing and Team Manager – Australian Olympic Sailing Team.
So, get the dates in your diaries and your entries in now – the sooner you get your entry in, the sooner you can start the fundraising effort – and be a candidate to win the Fundraisers Trophy.
2016 Poster. You can view / download the 2016 Poster by clicking here
Another great year – over $35,000 raised in support of the charities – See the race results here
Photos of the 2015 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta taken by Greg Dickins of Photo Sydney – Click Here
More photos of the 2015 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta and Charity Dinner on the RMYC Toronto Sailing Facebook Page.
WHAT IS THE HEAVEN CAN WAIT CHARITY SAILING REGATTA?
Each year the Royal Motor Yacht Club – Toronto, hosts the Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta, in support of the Hunter branch of the NSW Cancer Council who provide domestic support services for both terminal and recovering cancer patients.
The Heaven Can Wait Charity Regatta was conceived and inaugurated by Lake Macquarie resident, keen sailor and cancer survivor Shaun Lewicki as a major annual sailing event on the lake, to promote sailing, the Lake Macquarie/Newcastle/Hunter region – and to raise funds for cancer research. Research has significantly improved the recovery rates of cancer patients, and therefore, so has the need to focus on helping those patients through their recovery. The Domestic Support Services Program run by the Hunter Branch of the NSW Cancer Council has assisted some 35 patients over the past 12 months and as recovery rates improve even further, so will need for this type of support. A small amount of the funds raised also goes to Lake Macquarie Marine Rescue, who provide on water rescue support during the regatta.
Entry fees paid by the participants go to the charity. In addition to the entry fees, participating boats are expected to participate in a ‘virtual’ fund raising race in support of the charities. Last year, the amount raised was $35,000.
The regatta covers the length and breadth of beautiful Lake Macquarie and will now be 4 races run in parallel – a One Lap Dash, a Short One Lap Dash for Off The Beach boats and Trailer Sailers (non sport boats), a 12 Hour Race and a 24 Hour race. Except for the Short One Lap Dash, participants can choose to enter any or all of the races. The regatta will celebrate its 10th year in 2016 and will once again be a part of a much larger aquatic event on Lake Macquarie – Lakefest. You can find out more about Lakefest by going to http://www.lakefest.com.au