Sail Melbourne 2010 - the Asia Pacific Regatta is the first regatta of the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup series.
Sail Melbourne is the major regatta of Yachting Victoria. Having commenced in 1994, it is known by sailors around the world for the great sailing conditions prevalent on Port Phillip, the spirit and enjoyment with which the event is conducted and the professionalism of its race management teams - all of which are amongst the best in the world.
Sail Melbourne plays host to 6 amazing days of World Class Sailing with a special entertainment program combining the excitement of world class Olympic sailing, good food and wine, vibrant people, engaging lifestyle entertainment and spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay.
Sandringham Yacht Club
Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) provides new world class facilities and spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay for leading corporate hospitality and entertainment. Located just 15km South East of Melbourne city, SYC's new clubhouse stands impressively on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay. Sandringham is Melbourne's premier sailing club, presenting world class sporting and event facilities right on the water's edge. SYC welcomes you to enjoy our lively club atmosphere, waterfront support services, food and beverage facilities all with picturesque views across the bay and the perfect place for you or your guests to sit and relax with a wine or coffee whilst enjoying the phenomenal views.SYC's prominent foreshore location means it's the only place in Melbourne where guests feel like they're walking on the water. The exceptional restaurant, lounge, bar and function rooms are all strategically positioned on the second floor of the clubhouse, allowing for uninterrupted and sweeping bay views from every standpoint. You can book on line your hospitality package for your company or as an individual. For further details, do not hesitate to contact us: Tel: 03 9597 0066 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Port Philip Bay
Melbourne is situated at the top of Port Phillip Bay, with 2,000sq kilometres of deep open water unaffected by tide or geographical features, regular sea breezes averaging 15 knots, summer water temperature of 20°C and daily air temperature between 25°C and 30°C.
One of the world's best waterway for sailing, Port Philip is host to a variety of marine and ecological environments, unique to the area and of great significance to Australia's natural diversity. Studies show that Port Phillip is a dynamic and self-sustaining ecosystem which is healthier and cleaner than comparable bays near large cities. Every year millions of people enjoy its vast coastline, world-class swimming beaches and coastal parks, and all within easy reach of central Melbourne.
Marine reserves dot the Bay and have been set aside to safeguard important marine habitats and species, significant natural features, cultural heritage and aesthetic values. Links are provided below to details on the Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries located close to the sailing areas and we encourage you pay them a visit.
Melbourne is a city famous for its sense of style. Glamorous events are a trademark of the city, as are its cafes, wineries and shops.
Melbourne boasts a lifestyle experience. There are beautiful buildings, fantastic shopping precincts and countless shows, exhibitions and galleries to entertain. It is also very easy to get around with the constant stream of trams.
Money from the goldrush of the late 19th century built much of the city. Today, the magnificent architecture of this era still stands.
Just outside the city limits lies a world of natural beauty. The Twelve Apostles are accessible for a day trip although it is recommended you take your time travelling down the Great Ocean Road. Wilson's Promontory, a playground of wild animals, beaches, and forests, is only 3-hours' drive away. Just around the corner on Philip Island is the famous penguin parade. Each night, hundreds of penguins shuffle ashore with plenty of room for spectators to enjoy.
Only 50kms or one hour's drive out of Melbourne is the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, a region of hills, forests, and most importantly, wine. There are over 200 vineyards in Victoria with each producing magnificent wines.
Further north is the high country where you can ski - and walk, kayak, canoe, abseil, fly and cycle. It is in these hills that Banjo Paterson wrote the poem, The Man from Snowy River. (Banjo also wrote the world-famous song, Waltzing Matilda.)
Wherever you turn in Victoria, you will be surprised with the diversity. It is a distinctive part of Australia with many unique experiences to be found.
Sail Melbourne operates a functional media centre for all Sail Melbourne events equipped with internet lines, faxes, photocopiers and other general office equipment. A boat is available for approved media personnel to go out and watch the racing from alongside the course. Sail Melbourne employs Jeff Crow from Sport the Library as a professional photographer to cover the events. Jeff's photographs are posted to the Sail Melbourne website at the conclusion of sailing each day and are available for usage by approved media personnel.
The first ISAF Sailing World Cup launched at the end of 2008 bringing a new annual series of sailing to the international sports calendar. The third edition of the World Cup begins in Melbourne in December 2009. The World Cup is open to the sailing events chosen for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions.
Incorporating existing major regattas, the series will kicks off with Sail Melbourne, Australia in December, followed by the Rolex Miami OCR, USA; the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia MAPFRE, Palma, Spain; Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyeres, France; the Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, the Netherlands; Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth, Great Britain; and Kieler Woche, Germany.
Media contacts for the ISAF Sailing World Cup series and the individual World Cup events can be found below.