S.S.A.A. Press Release, April 2001

Port Stephens Sailing, Wine and Cricket Weekend For Short-handed Sailors

The Short-handed Sailing Association of Australia will hold its annual two-handed Broken Bay to Pt.Stephens yacht race on the June long week-end, starting Friday 8th June.

This classic race on the SSAA’s calender is famous, not only for close and competitive racing, but also for the post-race celebrations on the Sunday when the skippers and crew, family and friends let their hair down at Wandin Valley Estate vineyard and winery in the lower Hunter Valley.

After the prize presentation lunch in the cricket pavilion, when products of the vineyard are enthusiastically sampled, all competitors face up to a challenge which can be as tough as the ocean, the annual Skippers Vs Crew Cricket Match for the Wineglass Cup.

The Crews’ youth and vigour is well matched to the Skippers’ cunning and cheating, so over the eight years the match has been played, the honours are about even. SSAA member, Tony Mowbray, who has recently completed his solo, non-stop, unassisted circumnavigation, will likely be Guest of Honour and umpire the battle. This may prove more of a challenge to Tony than the southern ocean.

For more information on this and other SSAA events please contact the S.S.A.A. As pre-bookings for berths have been limited to fifteen, your early registration is recommended.

                                               

                                                Shorthanded Sailing Assoc. of Australia.

                                                P.O. Box 7033

                                                McMahon’s Point

                                                NSW 2060

                                                Ph/Fx. (02)99857645

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