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UPDATE: 10/09/2010

Melbourne Worlds Entries

By now you have probably booked your spot in the containers, checked out the cheapest flights and surfed around the various accommodation options, but it looks like a lot of you have forgotten to enter for the Worlds. So far only 11 boats have coughed up. We know we have 26 people booked containers so it's time for some entries.

In 2 weeks (after 24th September) the first stage of late fees will be applied, and the on-line entry system doesn’t allow for any discretion. Wouldn’t you rather spend the extra $50 (£29) on beer in January. Please help the event organisers with the logistics planning by making a commitment earlier rather than later.

I’m sure you don’t need the link by now, but it’s always easier to just click here >>>

There isn’t much other news to offer from this side of the world at the moment, we’ve mostly been hibernating over winter, but it’s finally warming up. Victoria has been in a drought for the last 10 years, but we now have floods everywhere. This follows last summer’s bushfires, and an imminent massive plague of locusts – there’s a biblical reference there somewhere. Come on down and have a look for yourselves.
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FYI and in case of doubt, the online entry system may appear to accept an ‘expression of interest’ without payment, however the terms and conditions make it clear that no entry will be recorded until payment has been made and cleared. If you look at the NOR there are stepped payment increments to reflect late payments – these will be loaded into the online system as the dates are reached. Anyone who merely ‘expresses interest’ will be subject to the higher payments if the actual payment date is delayed.

Roger Blasse, Commodore, says Black Rock Yacht Club has a history of first class performance in 'off the beach' competitions as well as a reputation unsurpassed in the staging of world class events. Hosting the Finn Gold Cup in 1995, and being a key event venue for the Grade 1 World Sailing Sail Melbourne series.

The club has a scenic outlook over the historic battleship Cerberus and panoramic views, with facilities including Bar, Restaurant every Thursday & Friday Night, BBQ Area, Boat Storage, Clubhouse, Function Centre, Hall Hire, Concrete Launching Ramp, Member Parking, Restaurant, Hard Stand Rigging area, Sailing School, Change Rooms & Showers.

For more information about the club, click here “History of the Black Rock Yacht Club





As we are sure all the Northern hemisphere sailors will want to check out the sailing conditions, live meteorological information of the sailing venue can be viewed at


Event committee

Mark Taylor and Bob Graham PROs.

Jury Chairman Bill Bell. Bill is an World Sailing judge with many skiff regattas under his belt

Club contact details:

Postal address: PO Box 12
Black Rock
VIC 3193

Site location: Half Moon Bay
Black Rock
VIC 3193

E: Jenny McEwan (Black Rock Yacht Club manager) -
T: 03 9589 0570
F: 03 9521 0363

MSCA Event Contact point:

Richard Ekburg

Club contact details:

Postal address: PO Box 12
Black Rock
VIC 3193

Site location: Half Moon Bay
Black Rock
VIC 3193
T: 03 9589 0570
F: 03 9521 0363

2011 Worlds shipping and flight information

The International committee has been working on container shipping and flight options fro the 2011 World championships at Black Rock Melbourne.

Things you should do now!

If you are going (or thinking about going) to the 2011 World Championships add your name and details to a master list of participants from Europe or North America who are intending to take part in Black Rock, please drop Paul a line at who is maintaining a database, and is liaising with the container shipping companies and flight options.

This will give us a much better idea of numbers for booking flights and containers at the best possible rates.

Flight information

2010 World championship flights from the UK to Melbourne

Flight Centre are a UK based high street shop and internet booking agency specialising in flights to Australia.

For those who wish to contact someone who is alive rather than an online booking point, please call Rachel Hill, Flight Centre’s senior international travel manager specialising in Australia to book your flights on 01245 494498, and let her know that you are part of the class enquiry from Paul (we’ll get a booking reference asap), or you can book online through

Rachel is happy to match any online quote for us, and as an indication I’ve recently found flights with Malaysian Airways for £944.97 return all taxes paid.

Please note that flights for this period can get taken up pretty quickly, with the result that the prices go up, so it’s a good idea to book sooner than later!

Rachel’s full contact details are:

Rachel Hill
Australian specialist
Senior International Travel Manager| Flight Centre
Dukesmead House, 39 High Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1DE
( 01245 494 498 | 7 01245 496 407 | )

There will be more details on flights and container bookings soon, so please keep an eye on this section.

If you work in the industry or have any contacts who could help with this please drop Paul a line at

Update Note 27th May 2010 : the Aussie dollar has been slipping in value over the last few days, down from $1.64 to $1.75 = about 6%. Also Air Asia are having a big sale for tickets covering our time period - I had a quick look and London – Melbourne seems to be £921 – that is a good price. These can be booked on-line.

Container shipping


For mainland Europe ...

The planning for the worlds is marching on steadily. Ten boats have already confirmed interest for the Muiden (Netherlands)-Melbourne container. As a further incentive, Huud Ouwehand is organising the OZ Travel Regatta ( which will be held in Muiden immediately prior to loading the container. This way, the journey to Muiden becomes more purposeful and there is opportunity for some last minute practice!



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