|SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(1-11-2004) Competitors at the 2004 Sydney International Regatta (SIRs) will take to Sydney Harbour in six weeks time over three days from the 18th to the 20th December. This will be the 13th year Yachting NSW has organised the Sydney International Regatta, which will be conducted from the Woollahra Sailing Club with the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron hosting the keelboat classes.
Olympic, Paralympic, Youth and invited classes will be racing on the courses previously used for the 2000 Olympics. 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.
SIRs will provide valuable training time prior to the various State, National and World Championships being held in December and January on Sydney Harbour. Previous SIRs events have been a great success, attracting high profile sailors from over 21 countries with previous fleet sizes of up to 250 boats.
SIRs forms part of the Sail Down Under series with Sail Brisbane being held in December, Sail Melbourne in January and the New Zealand stop over of the circuit, Sail Auckland in January and February.