December News from SailTime Hobart

Antartic Centennial Flotilla

Mount Wellington hills in the backdrop to the right— at Derwent River.

SailTime Hobart's profile has been raised by a unique one in a hundred year event!  The Antarctic Centennial Flotilla on Friday 2nd of December 2011 was a fantastic opportunity for SailTime Hobart Members to enjoy sailing the Derwent River amongst a flotilla lead by icebreaker RSV Aurora Australis, SY Young Endeavour and SY Lady Nelson and Divisions of vintage and steam craft, Sailing Yachts and Motor Yachts. This Flotilla celebrated the departure of Sir Douglas Mawson's Australian Antarctic Expedition from Hobart in 1911. 
 
A blue sky December day with 10 knots of breeze, we all had the privilege and honour of sailing past the Governor of Tasmania in his motor yacht, saluting and dipping our pennant!  The colour and gallantry was heralded by a 19 gun salute and a flypast by the Australian Antarctic Division Airbus A319LR. A great day on the water with a sail back past Constitution Dock dwarfed by the cruise and research ships, historic Battery Point and then onto the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and an afternoon sail down to Opossum Bay.

SailTime Hobart's  37 foot Beneteau Yacht, Reflection, sails back to it's home of Oyster Cove Marina, Kettering in the beautiful D'Entrecasteaux Channel in under 4 hours, passing Sandy Bay, Taroona, the Alum Cliffs, entrance to Storm Bay, Tinderbox and North West Bay and on into the waters sheltered by North Bruny Island.

It is great to have new members on board, enjoying every opportunity to explore the waterways and enjoy great sailing weather. Some of our members are preparing to participate in the Sydney to Hobart on other vessels, cruising with their families on Reflection and others building experience and skills as skipper, to look at future boat ownership. Reflection this year will be partiicpating in the Launceston to Hobart Race skippered by Reflection boat owner and SailTime Hobart base owner David Pring. The boat has been prepared and has passed all safety and annual MAST survey checks with flying colours and is ready to cruise north for the start from Beauty Point on the 27th December 2011.  Track progress of SailTime Hobart Yacht Reflection in the L2H. www.l2h.com.au

SailTime Hobart has also partnered with Boat Sales Tasmania who stock the latest Jeanneau Luxury Yachts and we are keen to discuss boat ownership options in SailTIme Hobart. If you are considering buying a boat consider either affordable annual SailTime membership or the option of a 3-5 year managed, maintenance free and suprisingly attractive luxury Jeanneau boat ownership as a SailTime boat owner.

New memberships are available for Reflection based at Kettering from as little as $640 per month plus once of joining fee of $1200. We offer trial sails and the opportunity to join now to enjoy sailing with your families the expansive sail area including Derwent River in Hobart,The Channel and Norfolk Bay this summer holidays.

 

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