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More mooring at Lord Howe: a clever system of sponsorship has opened the way to the development of race infrastructure on Lord Howe Island.

The fleet of the Hempel Gosford To Lord Howe Island Yacht Race could potentially be doubled, thanks to a proposal to add up to five deep draft moorings to in the South Passage of Lord Howe Island. The Commodore of the club said: "This is an extremely important and positive advancement in taking our race forward. Race Director Tony Evans has worked tirelessly on the mooring strategy for several months and this news is just reward for effort." The restrictions to moorings have been an ever increasing impost as development in racing yacht design means deeper drafts for smaller boats. The proposal effectively means that entities such as competitors, clubs, businesses, etc can sponsor the laying of a new mooring in return for which they will receive 5 years of free entry (for an approved vessel) and associate sponsor benefits. Long-term supporters of the event can therefore plan around a guaranteed entry each year. The next race is set to start on April 6th 2013.
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Title Annotation:SEAMARK
Publication:Offshore Yachting
Date:Dec 1, 2012
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