The major regatta of Yachting Victoria was first held in 1994 and is enjoyed by sailors for the great sailing conditions prevalent on Port Philip Bay and the spirit with which the event is conducted.
Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) is Melbourne's premier sailing club providing 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. SYC welcomes you to enjoy a lively club atmosphere, waterfront support services, food and beverage facilities all with picturesque views across the bay and the perfect place 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.
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.
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.
A boat is available for approved media personnel to go out and watch the racing from alongside the course.
Please note a Media Accreditation registration form for ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne 2013 will be available shortly.