| Sail Port Stephens, the fastest-growing sailing regatta in Australia, is being held again in April and there will be plenty of action at d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay.
The fifth annual Sail Port Stephens Regatta is set to take place next month from April 16 to 22.
Every year, it attracts more racers and cruisers and it's no wonder: this fun, family-friendly event offers something for everyone.
Entries have been flooding in and between 170 and 190 boats are expected to contest the week of racing (starting April 16).
This year, the start lines for the Commodores Cup will change each day, from Nelson Bay to Corlette Point, then on to Soldiers Point, so no matter where you are berthed, you'll never be far from the action.
The program of off-water activities around the Nelson Bay waterfront precinct is set to expand this year with the introduction of weekend Regatta Markets and a great schedule of post-race events, including a steak and oyster night and yabby racing.
Hog's Breath Cafe is hosting a hospitality marquee in the marina's central courtyard - it will be open every morning for race briefings and again in the afternoons, from 3 to 6pm when the results will be announced. All are welcome to come along and enjoy a refreshing cold beer or celebratory champagne and some hearty Hog's Breath fare.
Look out for special Regatta Week discounts at the marina's restaurants and sponsors' marquees in the central courtyard selling clothing and equipment.
As it is a major sponsor of the Regatta, the marina is hosting the Race Office in the western building.
There will be live music at d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay every evening during Regatta Week, and during the Easter holidays from midday to 3pm, April 14 to 18 and on the weekend of April 21 - 22. Reptile shows will be held on April 11, 13, 16 and 18.
Newcomers, regular visitors and locals will find plenty to do - as well as the excitement of the racing Port Stephens offers parasailing, surfing, golf, wine-tasting and wildlife.
What's not to love!
Marina focus: Nelson Bay
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 08:54