Stu Beltz: Bellerive Crown Series (Blog #12)

February 26, 2015

Bellerive is an quaint suburb sitting by the eastern shore of the Derwent River in Hobart. In the heart of Kangaroo Bay the Bellerive Yacht Club (BYC) hosts the annual Banjo’s Shoreline Crown Series Regatta – now in its 11th year. With multiple classes, from Division 1 keel boats, though to sailing dinghy’s and everything in between the river is packed over the three days of sailing. Both on and off the water, the BYC has a great balance of competitiveness, and social, with bands, a giant marquee, and plenty of opportunity to grab a bite and a drink. The support team both on and off the water are exceptional. I always commit to sail on Harold Clark’s Farr 1104...

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Stu Beltz: The beautiful D'entrecasteaux Channel (Blog #11)

February 14, 2015

One of Tasmania’s best kept sailing secrets is the beautiful D'entrecasteaux Channel – stretching from Tinderbox – to Southport – 27Nm. The whole area, sheltered by Bruny Island has over 450 sq. Km of crystal clear water, perfect for sailing (racing and cruising). Image courtesy of Kingborough Council The 2015 Bruny Island Race was remarkably the first time I have been in these waters in the daylight for 20 years with all of my previous racing undertaken at night through the passage. Whilst the conditions were not great for racing, 0-15 knots of breeze most of the day, the beauty of the region made up for that. This year the course was inside – out, counter clockwise around Bruny Island....

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