The Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Laser fleet hosts its annual ‘Santa Sails a Laser Series’ on Newcastle Harbour this Friday evening, 6 December 2013.
Laser sailors will dress their boats up in Christmas decorations and will compete in three races while wearing Santa suits, complete with long white beards and tinsel.
Around 20 laser dinghies are expected to race in the Carrington Basin, a natural sailing amphitheater with Honeysuckle the grandstand, from 5.30pm with the last race sailing past Honeysuckle Boardwalk where the Newcastle Youth Orchestra will be playing on the foreshore.
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club CEO Richard Howard says the annual event demonstrates the competitive but fun dinghy sailing that takes place every Friday night on the harbour during summer.
‘The Santa event is a fun race albeit the sailors are very competitive. The event is all about having a great sail and enjoying a laugh. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate Christmas and get into the spirit of the season while also demonstrating the newest addition to our sailing offering at NCYC’
‘NCYC’s Laser dinghy fleet races every Friday night from A-Arm of NCYC’s marina where a custom dinghy launching pontoon has been installed specifically for the class of boat. Albeit Laser sailing is very new to Newcastle we’ve had huge success so far with the quickly doubling in numbers probably helped in part by the Australia’s recent success in the class at the Olympics in which Tom Slingsby won gold. It’s a great, inexpensive way to get into sailing and the class has the ability to cater for a variety of skills levels and ages.’
The NCYC fleet sails every Friday night on the harbour with up to 3 races conducted before dusk. Richard added ‘NCYC can currently boast to have Australia’s fastest growing Laser fleet which is something the Club can be really proud of’.