News Archive

  • Revised dates for SPS 2017 avoid Easter clash

    The 10th anniversary Sail Port Stephens regatta is expanding and moving to a new timeslot in April 2017, avoiding a clash with the peak Easter period. The revised dates for the fast-growing event are 3-9 April 2017, preceding the NSW school break, with the iconic Commodores Cup scheduled for the first three days and the […]

  • Inaugural Broughton race a salute for Hicko

    A morning drifter delaying the race starts both inshore and offshore graduated to a gloriously warm light air afternoon for the first-ever Sail Port Stephens’ Broughton Island Passage Race. IRC division 1 contested the full 31 nautical mile course and the other divisions a shorter version in 10 knot average nor’easterlies. Once again Matt Allen’s […]

  • Sparkling autumn conditions for opening day

    Port Stephens turned on a stunning autumn day and better than expected winds for the opening races of Sail Port Seasons’ second stage, called the Port Stephens Trophy, for near to 100 boats. Fleets fanned out under separate race management teams for the spectacular passage race in building afternoon nor’easters around the three islands off […]

  • Ichi Ban states its intention with opening hat-trick

    Matt Allen’s NSW IRC Championship title quest is in full swing with three straight wins and an early IRC division 1 series lead for his TP52 Ichi Ban on the opening day at Sail Port Stephens. Three IRC fleets ran through three windward/leeward races offshore in building NE winds north of Cabbage Tree Island, at […]

  • Junior series reveals future stars

    Two junior off the beach classes completed their two-day series on Thursday April 14 as part of Sail Port Stephens, the final event of a long summer season that has taken many young sailors interstate and some overseas to compete. Jack Ferguson, 13, won the Optimist division from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Oliver […]

  • Retro regatta 'originals' savour a Sail Ale

    Six of the seven known original skippers from the inaugural Sail Port Stephens in 2008 gathered today at the regatta headquarters at d’Albora Marina Nelson Bay, along with members of the original management team, to reminisce. The skippers group was presented with a special jug of ‘Sail Ale’, brewed in Newcastle as a one-off for […]

  • Sailors prepare for light weather Port Stephens Trophy and IRC state title

    Close to 1000 sailors are resting on the layday and tinkering on boats ticking off the last of the job list in preparation for a light and tricky Port Stephens Trophy, the top gear second half of the annual week-long regatta. The light weather boats and sailors are expected to fare well, the forecast indicating […]

  • Jab out-punches Arch Rival on Commodores Cup day two

    Two Sail Port Stephens Commodore’s Cup fleets raced inshore at Nelson Bay on the NSW mid north coast in 12-15 knot sou’easters as the warm and dry autumn regatta continues. A commendable race two win means Mark Skelton’s Newcastle based Beneteau 40.7 Jab leads the division 1 pointscore by the narrowest of margins, ahead of […]

  • Powerboat muscle meets gentle sailing mistress

    SPONSOR PROFILE: 222 Offshore/Hunter Parking and Storage Superboat syndicate 222 Offshore has joined the sponsorship ranks for the Sail Port Stephens regatta … the exemplar of powerboating muscle marrying his gentle sailing mistress, where once ne’er the twain would meet. Think Hatfield son kissing a McCoy daughter … But, of course, 222 pilot Darren Nicholson […]

  • Commodores Cup race one the ideal opener

    Day one of the Commodore’s Cup at Sail Port Stephens proved an idyllic shakedown for the record fleet of 52 yachts varying in size and design, 13 – 16 knots of SSE breeze and loads of warm autumn sunshine to break the regatta seal for the ninth time. Two divisions lined up for the islands […]

  • Brimming fleets and balmy weather to kick-start 2016 regatta

    With marinas full, drinks iced and Hawaiian shirts pressed, the scene is set for the biggest ever number of entries to participate in the 9th annual Sail Port Stephens regatta from tomorrow and through to Sunday (April 11-17). In a taste of what’s to come, around 35 yachts completed the Newcastle-Port Stephens feeder race today […]

  • Need for speed in Sail Port Stephens 'feeds'

    Sail Port Stephens begins in less than a week and many bright sparks have entered one or both of the feeder races to cruise in company for the social aspect, or as their last chance to be regatta-ready before the week-long series begins on Monday April 11. It means much more to two Royal Prince […]

  • Norths giving trim tips and 'Clouds' to clear up weather

    North Sails prides itself on not only making the very best sails but also providing additional information that will assist you in getting the best performance from your yacht. To that end they have linked with Sail Port Stephens to give a short informative talk on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings on Sail Trim, followed […]

  • ‘Super Saturday’ sailing on course for a good cause

    Sail Port Stephens is partnering with Hunter Parking and Storage to present one of the most dynamic and panoramic days on the NSW boating calendar, with on- and off-water regatta action reaching a crescendo for ‘Super Saturday’, April 16. This year sees the debut of a much-awaited Broughton Island passage race, a 26 nautical mile […]

  • Jeanneau fleet to have a real ball at Sail Port Stephens

    A rotund character by the name of ‘Wilson’ will be having a ball, literally, when a large and fun-loving fleet of Jeanneau yachts gather for the Commodores Cup cruising series at the 2016 Sail Port Stephens regatta, April 11-13. Wilson is the much-loved mascot aboard Lu Lu Belle, a Sydney-based Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 37. He […]

  • Sports Boats quick to join Sail Port Stephens action

    The 2016 Sail Port Stephens Regatta added a Sports Boat division to the entry options this week and within 24 hours four crews were signed on. Larger sports boats have entered the popular autumn regatta in previous years but now there’s a separate division on offer for sports boats and trailable yachts, with the Notice […]

  • Return of the MC38s and Farr 40s at SPS

    By Lisa Ratcliff, SPS media Sail Port Stephens 2016 sees the return of the MC38 class and the addition of Farr 40s to the ever-widening on-water program as the event with the handy April NSW school holiday time-slot shoots for the 200 boat mark. It’s back to business for the Aussie Farr 40 fleet which recently […]

  • Vale Roger Hickman - sailing's gentleman loses cancer battle

    Sydney yachtsman Roger Hickman has lost his battle with a brain tumour, passing away on March 2. The owner/skipper of the famed Farr 43 Wild Rose was a permanent fixture at Sail Port Stephens regatta and spoke recently about his desire to compete again in April after his recent Sydney-Hobart campaign ended with a shock cancer diagnosis. […]

  • Biggest ever fleet of the littlest racing dinghy for SPS

    As an entrée to its adrenaline-charged IRC and Performance Handicap yachting action, the 2016 Sail Port Stephens regatta is set to host its biggest ever fleet of the world’s smallest racing ‘pram’. Better known as the Optimist, around 80 of the eight-foot dinghies are expected to contest the regatta’s Junior One-Sail off-the-beach series from April […]

  • Sail Port Stephens gentle restart ahead of forecast change

      Media Release: 17 April 2015 Event: Sail Port Stephens, April 13-19, 2015 conducted by the Corlette Point Sailing Association and raced on Nelson Bay and around the outer islands of Port Stephens on the NSW north coast   Sail Port Stephens’ gentle restart ahead of forecast change Refreshed after yesterday’s layday or newly arrived […]

  • Racing the clock at Sail Port Stephens

      Media Release: 14 April 2015  Event: Sail Port Stephens, April 13-19, 2015 conducted by the Corlette Point Sailing Association and raced on Nelson Bay and around the outer islands of Port Stephens on the NSW north coast Racing the clock at Sail Port Stephens For the locals and non-sailing visitors wandering the Nelson Bay […]

  • Brain and muscle produce winning results at Sail Port Stephens' Junior Series

      Media Release:  16 April 2015 Event: Sail Port Stephens, April 13-19, 2015 conducted by the Corlette Point Sailing Association and raced on Nelson Bay and around the outer islands of Port Stephens on the NSW north coast Brain & muscle produce winning results at Sail Port Stephens’ junior series  Sail Port Stephens’ Junior One […]

  • Skirts and stuffed parrots on glorious opening day at Port Stephens

    Media Release : 13 April 2015 Event: Sail Port Stephens, April 13-19, 2015 conducted by the Corlette Point Sailing Association and raced on Nelson Bay and around the outer islands of Port Stephens on the NSW north coast Skirts and stuffed parrots on glorious opening day at Port Stephens A 16 nautical mile explore the […]

  • First place for first Sail Port Stephens entry

    Media Release   15 April 2015 Event: Sail Port Stephens, April 13-19, 2015 conducted by the Corlette Point Sailing Association and raced on Nelson Bay and around the outer islands of Port Stephens on the NSW north coast First place for first Sail Port Stephens entry  The owner of the first boat to register for […]

  • Relaxed start to the week-long Sail Port Stephens Regatta

    Newcastle Herald: 14th April 2015 CALM waters, balmy weather and 10-knot south-west winds made for a relaxed start to the week-long Sail Port Stephens regatta. When the gun fired on Monday morning, 40 boats set off from the start line for the Commodore's Cup three islands race. Sail Port Stephens Full Story

  • Sail Port Stephens: strongest fleet in 3 years

      12 APRIL 2015    MEDIA RELEASE  Event: Sail Port Stephens, April 13-19, 2015 conducted by the Corlette Point Sailing Association and raced on Nelson Bay and around the outer islands of Port Stephens on the NSW north coast Sail Port Stephens: strongest fleet in 3 years The annual Sail Port Stephens regatta starts tomorrow, Monday […]

  • Sail Port Stephens Spectacle

    MEDIA RELEASE: April 2, 2015 Sail Port Stephens Spectacle April 13-19, 2015 It’s not quite the America’s Cup but Sail Port Stephens is one of the biggest events on the Port Stephens calendar and the second biggest sailing regatta in NSW, with the public able to join in the fun during the school holidays from […]

  • See You at the IRC State Titles at Sail Port Stephens 2015

    MEDIA RELEASE: 17 MARCH 2015: Event: Sail Port Stephens, April 13-19, 2015 conducted by the Corlette Point Sailing Association and raced on Nelson Bay and around the outer islands of Port Stephens on the NSW north coast See you at the IRC state title at Sail Port Stephens Underneath the principal Sail Port Stephens label […]

  • New Junior Series at Sail Port Stephens 2015

    MEDIA RELEASE: 31 MARCH 2015 Event: Sail Port Stephens, April 13-19, 2015 conducted by the Corlette Point Sailing Association and raced on Nelson Bay and around the outer islands of Port Stephens on the NSW north coast New junior series at Sail Port Stephens; entries close Thursday It’s not just the adults well catered for […]