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As a first for this year, sailors wishing to compete in almost any event being conducted as part of the Sail Melbourne International Regatta are now be able to enter via the Sail Melbourne website and our secure online payment facilities.
As a first for this year, the opening ISAF Grade 1 event of 2004 will provide sailors wishing to compete in almost any event being conducted as part of the Sail Melbourne International Regatta the facility to enter via the Sail Melbourne website and our secure online payment facilities.

Whilst paper entries and payments will still be accepted if posted or faxed, it is now far easier to enter your selected event(s) using our online entry forms; you need only insert your details, select your race category and press enter to know that your entries have been received and your details confirmed. So keep an eye on the Sail Melbourne website as entries become activated for individual events on a one by one basis over the next month.

Sail Melbourne 2004 Homestay Program
In conjunction with Bayside City Council, Sail Melbourne are proud to once again launch their highly successful Homestay Program. As many sailors attending Sail Melbourne do so on limited budgets, this program basically provides bed and breakfast accommodation in the home of local residents rather than staying in a hotel or motel. The cost is very reasonable and accommodation is close to the following yacht clubs: Sandringham, Black Rock and Royal Brighton. Upwards of 100 people were happily accommodated through the program in 2003 and this year we hope that even more local residents will make their properties available to visiting sailors.

If you are interested in being involved in the program we encourage you to fill in either the Homestay Host form (for those with accommodation to offer) or the Homestay Guest form (for those visiting sailors wanting to be accommodated through the program) and fax them back to Sam Maffett a the Sail Melbourne office: +61 3 9598 7384.
Forms available here ->

Sail Melbourne Notices of Race on the website
As the Sail Melbourne International regatta draws closer, more and more events are confirming their arrangements and posting their information to the Sail Melbourne website. The Notices of Race for almost all Sail Melbourne support events have now been finalised and are available for download from the site. Recent additions have included the NOR's for the Keelboat and Trailable Regattas - in addition to numerous other events. So follow the link below and start preparing your entries for all the action on Port Philip this December / January!

Sail Melbourne spectator opportunities - The best way to view the racing
Following several enquires from interested people around the world, there will be on-the-water spectator opportunities conducted during the Sail Melbourne International Regatta. With most of the on-water action being conducted some distance from the shore, the best way to see what's going on with your team is aboard the Pamela May from right beside the race track! Two sailing's a day are currently scheduled for the Olympic and Invited Classes Regatta at Sandringham Yacht Club on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th January 2004 and charges will be for $15AUD per adult and $5AUD per child.

Although presently scheduled for the Olympic and Invited classes regatta only, if there is sufficient interest from competitors and families at other events then we will happily arrange for the additional sailing's from other venues. So if you are interested then please post either a notice on the Sail Melbourne Forum or e-mail the Sail Melbourne office by November 30th 2003.

P&O Nedlloyd and Schenker Australia get behind Sail Melbourne
The Sail Melbourne Subsidised Shipping Program, as made available through the generous support of P&O Nedlloyd and Schenker Australia, has already had a terrific uptake with upwards of 15 containers of boats destined to be shipped to Melbourne. The program allows for containers of boats to be shipped to Melbourne at significantly reduced rates to those normally charged. If you wish to make this most of these significant savings and send your boats to Melbourne I encourage you to act quickly as time is running out before ships need to be on their way.

For further information on the Subsidised Shipping Program please follow the link to the Shipping Support page on the Sail Melbourne website:
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