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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)
2021 HEAVEN CAN WAIT CHARITY SAILING REGATTA
2021 HEAVEN CAN WAIT CHARITY DINNER
Tickets for the Heaven Can Wait Charity Dinner are now available. Click HERE for details and to make a booking.
The focus at the dinner this year is youth sailing – young sailing talent – locals who are already doing well on the local and in some cases, world stages. Our guests this year include Harry Miller (16 yo), Thomas Steenson (18 yo), Chelsea Williams (17 yo), Callum Marsh (16 yo) and Sarah Petherbridge (21). All sail from Belmont, NCYC or Toronto Amatuer Sailing Club in flying 11s, 16 ft skiffs and Elliott’s 6s and 7s (7s in Sydney) and Sailboards. Harry, Thomas and Chelsea have all done match racing at international regattas in Sydney and Sarah is an instructor with NCYC. All will be interviewed by Helene O’Neil – well known ABC Newcastle Sports Commentator, who has supported the Charity Dinner over many years, with her ability to bring out the best in the people she interviews.
2021 HEAVEN CAN WAIT CHARITY SAILING REGATTA
The HCW 2021 Race Entry System is now live and you can enter by going the HCW Race Entry page
Entrants in the 2021 HCW Charity Sailing Regatta will receive a sleeveless soft shell jacket whch can be collected when entrants register on the Friday or Saturday before the regatta. Please note, in order that we have jackets available to be collected, entries need to be in 6 weeks before the regatta - early January. Also note that free jackets are not available to the Dinghy / Sailboard Dash entrants becaue of the very low regatta entry fee. A picture of the jacket is below.
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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 PHOTOS. Note that additional photos have now been added since first posted on March 5th.
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:
Next we have some drone footage taken by Gavin Ayre and you can view that here:
We also have photos taken by Amanda Ayre, on the pin boat and you can view them here:
Amanda aslo wrote a short blog about her experience and you can view that here:
RACE RESULTS FOR THE 12 HEAVEN CAN WAIT CHARITY SAILING REGATTA
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.