Port Stephens Sailaway 2014: 3rd – 5th October
Hanse group boats are great offshore sailing yachts (they are all categorised by GL as A – Ocean Going).
Our annual Port Stephens sail away is a fantastic opportunity for many of our owners to have their first taste of coastal sailing.
2013 was our best Port Stephens rally ever! 110 people on 26 boats (including 3 Moodys) enjoyed a fabulous sail up the coast and the social side of boating on some of the best waterways in the world.
There was a mix of new boat owners with little experience, first time coastal sailors and Port Stephens regulars. Families joined us from Hobart, Melbourne, Cronulla, Sydney Harbour, Pittwater and Lake Macquarie.
Lots of owners of our pre-loved Hanse Group boats came along – even buying a second hand Hanse gives you all the benefits of being part of Windcraft family.
Some took the ‘casual’ sail to Newcastle with and overnight stay at NCYC, then on to Port Stephens on Saturday.
Others took advantage of the strong 25 to 30 knots SW winds and literally flew North through the night. One boat planned to overnight at Newcastle on Friday night, but was having so much fun they sailed direct to Port Stephens!
Another owner commented ‘I’ve been sailing annually to Port Stephens for 12 years and that was the best trip up I’ve had‘.
The entrance to Port Stephens was tricky in these conditions but everyone did a great job of getting in.
After such an exhilarating sail up there was a great vibe on Saturday evening with a sense of accomplishment felt by many of the group.
The Captain’s bar was buzzing as everyone swapped stories of an awesome shared experience.
Sunday was a calm, cloudless day with a classic Aussie bright blue sky, and water to match. There were quite a few red eyes and dark sunglasses, but smiles regardless!
Everyone was entertained by Dolphins frolicking at the marina entrance and enjoyed a hearty breakfast that would make a heart surgeon grin with thoughts of future patients!
Windcraft arranged a cryptic crossword to reveal the location for Sunday lunch – Fame Cove, a scenic and protected bay within Port Stephens.
After a casual motor over to the bay, we enjoyed a big raft up for relaxing lunch. Team Windcraft delivered champagne and prawns to each boat, courtesy of Club Marine.
The yachts returned to marina late afternoon with the lucky hat draw giving 2 owners prizes courtesy of Helly Hansen.
Monday saw a fleet of boats departing as the sun rose. Calm and windless conditions gave us a pleasant and uneventful, motor home.
Several owners had so much fun they stayed on for a few more days and rumours of more partying at NCYC on the way home have filtered through…
2012 sailors were blessed with blue skies, fair winds and lots of camaraderie. Pictures and full 2012 Port Stephens story here
2011 was a fantastic event despite some very poor weather. Read more about 2011 Port Stephens story here