Tuesday 22 April 2008


An exciting new must-do event has been added to the East Coast sailing calendar – Sail Port Stephens. Port Stephens looks forward to welcoming all sailors, their family and friends to the inaugural regatta in April, 2008.

From 21st – 27th April, Port Stephens has everything to offer the serious and not so serious yachties, from sheltered waterways to challenging offshore island courses. The breathtaking bays are ideal for all levels of sailors from the competitive elite to the most layback cruiser.

The week long, fun packed event kicks off with lead in races from Pittwater and Newcastle. Mid week the emphasis is on social activities, both on and off the water with the final weekend including the highly anticipated Yachting NSW IRC divisional championships.

With strong support from Yachting NSW, Port Stephens Council, the local business community and a professional approach from the organisers, this will become one of the great events on the calendar. Sail Port Stephens is also excited to have the services of Australia’s leading PRO, Denis Thompson. This will ensure all racing will be conducted to highest professional standard, allowing safe and equitable racing for all competitors. Thompson is one of Australia’s most respected yacht race administrators.

Port Stephens is the ideal location to host such a prestigious regatta boasting excellent facilities, restaurants and activities for all tastes. Known for their genuine hospitality, residents and businesses within Port Stephens are excited about this new event, highlighted by a wide-ranging social program and an extensive list of leisure activities.

Shoal Bay Resort & Spa is delighted to be part of this very special event, and is confident it will be the start of a popular and successful yearly experience that showcases the beauty of Port Stephens. Shoal Bay Resort & Spa’s award winning premier restaurant – Catch at Shoal Bay will play host to a number of social activities throughout the week, providing one of the best vantage points to watch these unforgettable races.

Located on the beachfront at Shoal Bay, Shoal Bay Resort & Spa encompasses over 200 luxurious self-contained apartments. This premier 4½ star resort is the perfect retreat for holidays and conferences, successfully combining the luxury of a modern resort with the unparalleled beauty of the local environment including crystal clear waterways, family friendly beaches, sand dunes, islands, rivers and bays of the immediate area. Located just over 2 hours drive north of Sydney and 25 minutes from Newcastle Airport, facilities include the stunning Aqua Spa with unique Thalassotherapy spa pools, Whitesands Conference Centre, two swimming pools, four restaurants, five bars and a fully supervised children’s activity centre.

Shoal Bay Resort & Spa – the Hunter’s own beachfront resort and proud supporters for Sail Port Stephens.

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