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SAIL CAIRNS Festival Cup Regatta 2015

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Kelsey Ormsby in Competion during the J24 Championships 2013. Photo Credit: Cairns Yacht Club (used with permission).
Do you love boating and sailing? Over the 4th - 8th of September 2015 there is an awesome opportunity for owners of yachts and off-the-beach boats to enter the SAIL CAIRNS: Festival Cup Regatta.

Even if you aren't a boat owner, you may enjoy the opportunity to immerse yourself into Far North Queensland's sailing culture by attending the festival.

There will be plenty of different boats and yachts to check out from the Marlin Marina, along with several social events spread over the course of the Regatta. Bring along binoculars, sunglasses, hats and sunscreen - this is the Far North after all and the sun gets glaringly hot.

Enjoying a sail from the rail.
Crew on the rail, enjoying a beautiful day of sailing in the Cairns Port. Photo Credit: Cairns Yacht Club (used with permission).
There are prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each division with the possibility of prizes being awarded for each race within divisions or at the discretion of the organisers.

Entry participants of the Regatta will be competing for The Festival Cairns Cup, Mayor's Challenge trophy. This trophy along with other prizes will be presented at the ceremony dinner at the Salt House (one of the event sponsors) in Cairns by the Mayor, Bob Manning at the close of the Regatta.

Races start at 9am on Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th, Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th of September 2015 from the Marlin Marina so even if you can't make it on one day, there is the next. Saturday and Sunday will be the best days to go watch as all the boats in the event will be out on the water.

At the close of each day, there will be a social event, offering people the opportunity to mingle with the participants of the Regatta, and meet others involved in FNQ's sailing scene. If you are interested in testing these waters, this would be a great opportunity to meet other more experienced sailers.


  • 6pm Friday 4th Sept - BBQ and drinks at the Cairns Yacht Club Boat Shed

  • 5pm Saturday 5th Sept - Meet the crew at the Cairns Cruising Yacht Squadron

  • 5pm Sunday 6th Sept - BBQ, drinks and music at the Cairns Yacht Club Boat Shed

  • 5pm Monday 7th Sept - BBQ, drinks and music at the Cairns Yacht Club Boat Shed

  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm 8th Sept - After race drinks at the Cairns Yacht Club Boat Shed

  • 5pm 8th Sept - Presentation dinner and Ceremony at the Salt House

    If you are keen on more information, check out SAIL CAIRNS website.

    You can also download an entry form here, or read the Notice of Race to find out more information.

    Don't miss out on SAIL CAIRNS: Festival Cup Regatta in September 2015, and stay tuned for a review of this Cairns event come September.

    Morning Sailing in Trinity Bay, Cairns
    Dinghies and their skippers enjoying Saturday Morning Sailing in Trinity Bay.Photo Credit: Cairns Yacht Club (used with permission).
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    Why? To have fun and support the local sailing community
    When: Races start at 9am. Social events start at 5pm.
    Phone: (07) 4031 2750
    Where: Marlin Marina in Cairns
    Cost: FREE to enjoy. Fees for entry participants.
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