The 2012 A Class National Titles will be hosted by the Wangi Amateur Sailing Club, which is located on the northern aspect of the Wangi Peninsula on the western shores of Lake Macquarie.
Lake Macquarie is Australia’s largest saltwater lake, and is generally considered one of Australia’s best sailing venues.
Last year the question was posed to Nathan Outteridge, two time World 49er Champion, Olympian, and current World Moth Champion. “Nathan, you have sailed at many international sailing venues, which do you consider to be the best?’. Reply: “Oh Lake Garda in Italy, and Wangi on Lake Macquarie”
Those that competed at the Belmont Nationals and the Worlds will be familiar with the Lake. The Wangi sailing track is the best or equal best area on the lake on which to set a sailing race. Aesthetically , the Wangi shoreline is very pretty, with a long shoreline of grassy waterfront reserve, and typical Australian eucalypt bush.
Prevailing summer breezes are afternoon seabreezes, and south to south easterly winds.
Registration and Practice Race : Monday 2nd January
Welcome Function : Evening Monday 2nd January
Race Days: Tuesday 3rd January to Saturday 7th January. 9 race series planned. Sausage sizzle after racing on 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th January.
Ladies Night Out; Wednesday 4th January
Presentation Dinner: Saturday Evening 7th January.
Principal Race Officer :
This area is a very popular holiday destination, so it is advisable to book as early as possible.
Wangi Hotel, is located about 75 metres away. Pleasant dining, bar ,and outdoor drinking area. 14 rooms, clean tidy, most of the older style shared bathrooms, one suite with en suite facilities.
Camping and cabins;
Wangi Point Lakeside Holiday Park.
2 kilometres from sailing clubs. On site cabins and villas , powered and unpowered camp sites. 9 villas were still available as at today (22/3/11) ,but you will have to be early.
Email: wangi [at] lakemacholidayparks [dot] com [dot] au
Bed and Breakfasts;
There is a range of B and B’s available at Wangi and surrounds. These are generally listed on www.lakemac.com.au
We have been in contact will the local real estate, who already knows about this regatta.
Contact Rebecca Woldhuis , at Keys Real Estate, ph 0249754244 , email www.keysrealestate.com.au
A little further afield at Toronto (15 minutes):
Brighton Holiday Apartments;
ph 0249358888 www.thebrighton.com.au
Absolute Waterfront: Housboats.
Luxury Afloat Houseboats 0249720790 www.lakemacboathire.com.au (Boats accommodate up to 12 people).
Bob Griffits (W) 0249472188
rksgriffits [at] hotmail [dot] com