|SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(10-8-1004) For this year only Yachting NSW will run the Sydney International Regatta (SIRs) over three days; from the 18th to the 20th of December. Olympic, Paralympic, Youth, and invited classes will hit the harbour for the renowned series, which will again be conducted from Woollahra Sailing Club with the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron hosting the keelboat classes.
The invited classes joining the regatta this year are the Laser Radial and 4.7, 505, Moth, OK Dinghy, Etchells and 5.5 classes. The competing Olympic, Paralympic and Youth classes will be the: 49er, 470, Laser, Europe, Finn, Yngling, Tornado, Mistral, Star, 29er, 420, Hobie 16, 2.4mR and Sonar.
The 2003 Regatta was a great success, drawing a range of high profile sailors from 21 countries. With an average fleet size of over 150 boats, this regatta will provide valuable training for those crews working towards competing in their State, National and World Championships in December and January.
This year will be the 13th year Yachting NSW has organised the Sydney International Regatta, which is part of the Sail Down Under series. The NOR will be available on the Yachting New South Wales website in early September at www.nsw.yachting.org.au