Sails : April May 2010
of rum, the Long Lazy Lunch is a very good place to get a good foundation for your education. Come Friday, the fleet is likely to double or triple in size, and so does the party. The girls can get an early start with a High Tea in Style at Peppers Anchorage from 2pm on Friday afternoon -- getting there via the Yachties Bus to settle in for an interactive afternoon with some great styling tips for fashion and make up, and discover some new ways to pack for a weekend, a week or a even a month away -- minimum effort and bag size for maximum impact! She styles celebrities for the red carpet at the Logies, and she helps regular every day people create a new look or refine the one they've already got -- and Jade Sardon, from Styled by Jade, will be joining the High Tea with Style to share her special tips and knowledge, together with Sydney make-up artist Connie Giaquinto and Jacinta Godden from Intimo Clothing. This special team of girls will have you entertained for the afternoon over a glass or two of bubbly and some delicate sweet and savoury treats by the water at Peppers -- for the girls who aren't or who don't want to sail, this is a perfect way to get the weekend underway -- with a group of friends you already know, and the opportunity to meet some new ones! Friday night is the inaugural Tyrrells Wines Yachties Ball at West Nelson Bay Diggers, but there's no black ties required -- just smart casual dress and a smile. Ian Cover -- Coves from the ABC's Cooda Been Champions will be the special guest MC and he'll bring his own unique style to the event, as he interviews special guest Glenn Ashby, who's recently returned to Oz, with plenty of stories about the America's Cup and his time as a tactician and coach on board BMW Oracle. Yachting Australia President, Andrew Plympton, will also contribute to proceedings with his incorrigibly unique insights and opinions on anything on or off the water that Coves dares ask him about. The combination of Coves, Plimmo and Ashby is certainly destined to make for a very entertaining evening. This will be the first public speaking engagement for Glenn about this topic, so make sure you don't miss out -- Wests have put together a fabulous sit down three course dinner, there's Tyrrells wines and Boags beers on arrival, then drinks at club prices for the rest of the night, with a live band to keep the dancing going 'til late. This function is limited to over 18's only. After a big day on the water, Saturday night is the chance to Go Troppo -- literally... with the Gone Troppo evening of fun at All Seasons Salamander Shores. A BBQ buffet dinner is the affordable and easy option for dinner, with local band Wide Load ready to run through a big list of tunes to put everyone in party mode. Organise your crew in a Gone Troppo theme and line up for some While it's fantastic for kids to get out on the water young and enjoy the delights of sailing and being on a boat with mum and dad, not all kids want to sail, and not all kids want to sail every day. At Sail Port Stephens, this challenge is well and truly solved, with the introduction this year of a special Kids Activity Program -- put together by the Regatta Event Management Team and travel partner, Port Stephens Coaches. Kids of all ages are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and their day starts around 9:30 when the Port Stephens Coach picks up from designated points around the Bay-central to key accommodation locations. The program is split into two passes: the Commodores Cup Pass, from Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th April, and then the Port Stephens Trophy Pass, which applies to activities on Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th of April. A fantastic adventure awaits each day, starting with the Sand Dunes and a 4WD tour at and Birubi Beach on Monday morning, and then lunch, swimming and water slides at the Tomaree Aquatic Centre in the afternoon. Tuesday takes the group onto FighterWorld, where kids can sit in the cockpit of a real fighter jet and look through some museum displays on flying -- before making tracks to the Port Stephens Winery for some lunchtime entertainment and treasure hunt in the vines, while mums relax for a while with a gourmet baguette lunch and a glass of wine. The last day of the Commodores Cup program gets the kids out on the water to go Dolphin Spotting on a Moonshadow Dolphin Watch cruise, which includes morning tea on board after some free time on the waterfront. Three days of organised fun, including lunch every day -- new friends to play with, and no decisions having to be made by mum about where to go -- and if you loved it, and want to do it all over again, or if you're just arriving on the Thursday to begin racing on the Friday, the Port Stephens Kids Activity Program is on again on Friday and Saturday -- with the sand dune adventure one day and the dolphin watching the next. Passes are only available online at sailportstephens.com.au and are very reasonable priced at $83 for kids and $102 for adults, with everything included! Family friendly, affordable and fun -- this is Sail Port Stephens. CASTAWAYS great prizes for best dressed -- it might be tropical shirts, it might be grass skirts -- the options are only limited to your imagination... There's a kids play area and a beer garden outdoor area on site, with the party planned to be spread out across two levels. And of course, the Yachties Bus will be in full swing to get you to and from the location, running until late to get your home safely, ready for the last day of racing. Directly after racing on Sunday, the regatta presentation will take place on site at d'Albora Marina -- with drinks available from the presentation location and a few spots to kick on afterwards if you're not going home til the next day! Go troppo Dust off the Hawaiian shirt for the Gone Troppo night and you could win a best dressed prize.
June July 2010