The Port Cygnet Sailing Club, Tasmania, is celebrating the 150th anniversary of regattas in Cygnet with a nine-day series of regattas and events at its clubhouse, starting on March 1.
The first Cygnet Regatta – the Huon General Regatta – was held in 1863 in Beaupre Point (also known as Port Cygnet Point). It combined two existing regattas – Port Esperance and Shipwright’s Point – and placed them in a more central location within a shorter distance from Hobart. More than 1000 people attended to witness everything from whaleboat-rowing races, swimming races, axe chopping, merry-go-rounds, gaming tables and the odd brawl. The Governor arrived onboard the HMS Orpheus to the sounds of guns saluting and bands playing. The steamers Culloden, Monarch and Cobra brought visitors from Hobart and Franklin and hundreds of folk enjoyed picnics on the lawn.
In 1998 the traditional format of one regatta race around buoys in the harbour was expanded to include two passage races – one from Hobart to Kettering and one from Kettering to Cygnet. By 2009, over 100 boats traditionally entered the regatta.
Cygnet Yacht Club is looking forward to celebrating Port Cygnet’s proud tradition of water activities from 1863 to 2014 with a large sailing and social program. For the full program or to register, go to: cygnetsailing.org.au.
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