Four seasons in One day for Victorian Beneteau Cup
At the end of March, Beneteau’s regional partner for Victoria, Australia, Sundance Marine hosted the 15th Victorian Beneteau Regatta on Port Phillip Bay. Known as a great day for Beneteau owners to come together, the 2018 event proved a great success with 17 Beneteau boats participating.
Assembling for the first time at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, a great spread of Beneteau owners with different models including the impressive Sense 50 and a variety of the very popular Oceanis range braved Melbourne first real rain in 3 months to arrive at RMYS.
The wet start to the day faded as crews enjoyed a fabulous lunch at RMYS before heading out to race. A Spinnaker and Non Spinnaker division raced and a shortened course was still enjoyed with 10-15 knots. With the rain cleared the finish was much nicer and boats crossed the line under the watchful eye of Luna Park and the St Kilda foreshore.
With the fleet heading towards the Yarra River, the upside of Melbourne’s ‘four season in one day’ reputation delivered a very pleasant cruise up the Yarra to Marine YE and once on land the fleet enjoyed a sunny, picturesque location for drinks and sandwiches plus a jet display courtesy of the Melbourne GP!
John Beck, Sundance Marine’s boat specialist said “It’s always a fun day, we love getting everyone together, the comradery between the Beneteau owners is always great and the day delivers lots of fun, good food and company - ending up in the heart of the city shows off just how easy it is to enjoy your boat in Melbourne.”
Several of those unable to sail then joined for dinner at Cargo Hall, a restored Pier shed on the Yarra River. Sundance Marine Director David Beck presented trophies and awards during a great evening with plenty of dancing! Bigger Day Out, an Oceanis 45 skippered by Remco Pen took the first place in the spinnaker division while Dilli Gaff, an Oceanis 40 skippered by Paul Macbain won in the non-spinnaker division.
Beneteau and its local partners are active in organizing all kinds of sailing activities for Beneteau owners and sailing enthusiasts to enjoy the sailing lifestyle in the most comfortable and fun way with family and friends.