Spirit of Cruising Rendezvous Cruise to Newcastle

Proposed rendezvous Cruise to Newcastle in January 2017, supported by the Cruising Committee of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. 

Preliminary discussions have established that the following would be a suitable schedule.

The cruise would depart Sydney on 2nd January to spend the night in Pittwater. A suitable rendezvous would be in Coasters Retreat, where moorings are available, and a good anchorage if needed. There are public toilets and BBQ facilities available onshore.

We would then depart Pittwater for Newcastle on 3rd January, and have been advised that berths at the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club can be arranged. A proposed 5 day stopover would allow plenty of time onshore to explore Newcastle, as well as the Hunter Region and vineyards.

On 8th January, the cruise would depart Newcastle to return to Sydney with a stopover at Pittwater again, or alternatively at Lake Macquarie for those with draft suitability for the entrance to the lake. Lake Macquarie is a superb cruising ground with good anchorages, fuel and water available at the marinas and yacht clubs.

The event would be a Rendezvous Cruise, giving the Skippers flexibility regarding timing of departure, stopovers, and any overnight sailing.

Please note that it will be the responsibility of each Skipper/Owner to ensure that all maritime regulations are adhered to, and that the vessel and its safety equipment are suitable for the voyage to be undertaken.

It will further be the responsibility of each Skipper/Owner to monitor the weather conditions and tides, and to have radio communications on board. 

If you are contemplating this cruise could you please email tednobbs@blackwattlestudios.com

Newcastle Harbour entrance Image:

Newcastle Harbour entrance