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Gaffer's Day 2008--a rally for classic yachts.

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The Sydney Amateur Sailing Club is again hosting Gaffer's Day, to be held on Sunday 19th October. This is the premier event in Australia for vessels that hoist a spar and classic Bermudan-rigged yachts. It brings together a collection of vintage and veteran craft under sail on Sydney Harbour. SASC members and friends are invited to join the crews of participating yachts to experience the thrill of traditional sailing. For those who wish to follow the event rather than sail, the Club has chartered the ferry Radar. It will leave from Old Cremorne Wharf. Food and refreshments are available on board and a running commentary on the fascinating stories behind many of the yachts will be provided. The fleet participates in six divisions, from historic skiffs and gaff-riggers to classic Bermudan. There will be a timed start in Athol Bight to make it easier for the less manoeuvrable craft. Please mark down October 19 in you diary and sailing calendar to join us that day for great sailing, great company, fine food and to learn more about Sydney's wonderful yachting history. The festivities will be based at the picturesque Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, 1 Green Street, Cremorne. The program of events is as follows:
0800 hrs Breakfast on wharf
0900 hrs Yachts gather at SASC
1000 hrs Rum tent opens
1200 hrs Firing of the cannon--yachts set sail
1215 hrs Spectator ferry leaves Old Cremorne Wharf
1300 hrs Rally start in Athol Bight
1430 hrs First yachts return to SASC
1430 hrs Jazz on the Wharf--sausage sizzle for hungry crew
1500 hrs Ferry returns to Old Cremorne Wharf
1600 hrs Presentation of prizes at SASC
1800 hrs Official close of event


A final Notice of Regatta and Entry Form will be posted nearer the event date. Please note that the Balmain Sailing Club is hosting the Balmain Regatta on the following Sunday, 25th October.

For further information on Gaffer's Day contact the SASC on 9953 1433, or the BSC on 9818 1581 for the Balmain Regatta.
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