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2021 HEAVEN CAN WAIT CHARITY SAILING REGATTA - PHOTOS

Photos by Official Photographer - Greg Dickens are now becoming available. 

First photos taken at the Charity Dinner can be viewed by clicking this link - Charity Dinner Photos

Saturday - Race start and more, photos can be viewed by clicking this link - Saturday Photos

2021 HEAVEN CAN WAIT CHARITY SAILING REGATTA - WRAP UP

Sunday February 21 saw the completion of the annual Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta – the 15th running of the event. The weekend of racing was preceded by the Charity Dinner held on the Friday Night with 67 guests attending. The theme at the dinner was ‘youth sailor’s’ and 5 young up and coming sailors – Harry Miller, Callum Marsh, Sarah Petherbridge, Chelsea Williams and Thomas Steenson, took the stage to be interviewed by Helene O’Neil – well known ABC Newcastle Sports commentator. The dinner – like the regatta, is a fundraiser in support of the Hunter Branch of Cancer Council NSW with some of the funds raised, going to Lake Macquarie Marine Rescue who provide on-water support during the running of the regatta. 

Saturday morning started with some doubtful weather indicators but cleared in time for Paul Bennet to do his dazzling aerobatics display in front of the RMYC. Paul – an avid supporter of the HCW regatta, has featured in the event for last 4 years and also donated raffle prizes in the form of an aerobatic flight in his Yak 52 aircraft.

Whilst there were some showers about during the regatta, the weather was generally kind with light and variable winds over the race duration.  

48 boats headed out for the start line to compete in one or more of the 4 races held – the Short One Lap Dash, the One Lap Dash Classic, the12 Hour Challenge and the 24 Hour Endurance race. Starts for both the One Lap Dash / 12 Hour / 24 Hour and Short One Lap Dash, were generally clean except for one incident at the boat end of the line for the 11 AM start. The owner of a boat which was not identified and had not entered the regatta took it upon himself to start in the race and interfere with other boats on the start line. It wasn’t until the end of the One Lap Dash, when the same boat went across the finish line, that we were able to verify he was not a starter and told to stay away.

The fundraising effort has not been finalised yet – and will take some time, but we already know it will be down on last year – probably by as much as 30%. Swansea Channel access and Covid 19 have both played their parts in reducing the number of entrants and the fundraising activity.

Winners of the fundraising Auction held at the Charity Dinner were:

The painting was Jan Conlon (a director of the club)

The 1963 Orlando Port was Patrick Tanner of Newcastle Yacht Rigging and Sails (a HCW sponsor)

The Gyrocopter flight was Brian Mansfield (local Toronto doctor)

The winners in the raffle that ran over the weekend and was drawn at the regatta presentations, were:

The Trinity Point 4 B/R Villa was Rhonda Haydon (a competitor in the HCW Regatta)

The Paul Bennet Aerobatic flight was Lyn Brown (sister of HCW Committee member – Michelle)

All the race results can be found on the Race Results page or by clicking HCW Results

 

  

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HEAVEN CAN WAIT CHARITY SAILING REGATTA 2020

Race Results are now posted - click HERE to view

Photos taken by official HCW photographer - Greg Dickins of Photo Sydney, can be viewed by clicking PHOTOSNote that additional photos have now been added since first posted on March 5th.

 

 

PAUL BENNET OF PAUL BENNET AIRSHOWS 

Great news - Paul Bennet of Paul Bennet Airshows stationed at Rutherford will again be a star attraction at the start of the  Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta. Paul's performance will be in front of the RMYC Toronto and will be at approximately 10.00 - an hour before the start of the regatta. Below are photos and some information on Pauls backgraound and motivation for doing what he does.

 

2019 SPONSORSHIP

The Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta Committee are pleased to announce that most of our 2018 Sponsors and some new ones for 2019, have again signed up in support of the 2019 event. They are:

Primary Sponsors - Marmong Point Marina and Rotary Toronto 

Gold Sponsors - Centennial Coal and Smith and Sons

Silver Sponsors  - Belmont 16's, Wangi Workers Club and Toronto General Practice

Bronze Sponsors - Photo Sydney, TopYacht, Paul Bennett Airshows, Sailworld, Ona Print Graphics, Beyond Ballooning, Novotel, Rundles Clothing, Yes Dear Cruises, Deja Vu cafe, Hughzies Bistro, Hunter Water,Silo, Pandoras and Westlakes Trophies.

 

 

 

HCW 2018

OVER $45,000 RAISED THROUGH THE HEAVEN CAN WAIT CHARITY SAILING REGATTA 

The 2018 Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta will raise in excess of $40,000 in support of the Hunter Branch of Cancer Council NSW and Lake Nacquarie Marine Rescue. The numbers are still beiing reconciled but 2018 looks like a record fundraising year for the regatta which has just completed its 12th year. Stay tuned for more news as it comes to hand. 

 

PHOTOS AND VIDEO OF THE 2018 HEAVEN CAN WAIT CHARITY SAILING REGATTA NOW AVAILABLE

Photos and Video from the 12th Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta are now available and you can view from the following sources:

 

Photos from our official photographer Greg Dickins can be seen at the following links:


https://photos.google.com/…/AF1QipMb_cbgO3duIYan1pQ98krGayO…

https://photos.google.com/…/AF1QipM2r5NTPAazysziNHjO5uKH0hY…

 

Next we have some drone footage taken by Gavin Ayre and you can view that here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im9WVf29jc8.

We also have photos taken by Amanda Ayre, on the pin boat and you can view them here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8X_MDWRdck

Amanda aslo wrote a short blog about her experience and you can view that here:

https://amandaayre.wixsite.com/…/Heaven-Can-Wait-Regatta-20…

 

 

RACE RESULTS FOR THE 12 HEAVEN CAN WAIT CHARITY SAILING REGATTA

Go to the Race Results page

 

 

 

ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE HCW CHARITY SAILING REGATTA WINS THE 2017 HUNTER REGION TEAMS DIVISION OF THE NSW VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Around 2 months ago, the hunter Branch of Cancer Council NSW, nominated the HCW Committee for a NSW Volunteer Of The Year Award in the Teams Division. At a presentation Ceremony held at Newcastle Souths Rugby league Club on Tuesday September 12, the HCW Committee were awarded the Hunter Region Teams Division NSW Volunteer Of The Year Award. A big thank you must go to all the previous participants, fund raisers and helpers that have brought this about and hopefully will continue to support the 2018 - and 12th running, of the event with an event better fundraising performnce. This award also automatically qualifies the HCW Committee for NSW (State Wide) Volunteer Of The Year Awards - Team Division, to be held later in the year.    

Volunteer Of The Year Award  

 

HCW 2017

RACE RESULTS FOR HCW 2017

All results are now available on the RMYC Toronto Sailing Section results page please go to our Sailing Section Results Page

PHOTOS

Photos taken both from above an on the water  are now available for viewing as follows:

Photos by Honorary Photographer – Greg Dickins of Photo Sydney, click here

Photos taken by Melissa Evans of Left in the Middle photography, click here

NOTE, you may need to enter your email address to get access to these files

We also have photos taken at the presentations by Andrew and Kellie Toogood of Newcastle 360 photography. They are available on their facebook page.

 

 

HCW 2016

 2016 was a fund raising struggle, but we still managed to exceed the 2015 number with funds handed over to the Hunter Branch of Cancer Council NSW and Lake Macquarie Marine Rescue, totalling $38,000.

Heaven Can Wait 2016 Results – One Lap Dash, Short One Lap Dash, 12 & 24 Hour distance details  – Click Here

Photos, courtesy of Greg Dickins – Photo Sydney, are now available. Follow this link – https://goo.gl/photos/ms5JXegtXvwsH9yb8

 

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