Fundraising efforts from last weekend’s Heaven Can Wait Charity Regatta on Lake Macquarie have seen the total approaching $40,000 as the cut-off for donations gets closer. Go to Heaven Can Wait 24-hour Yacht Race 2010 to make your contribution now.
The regatta, which includes a 24 hour yacht race around Lake Macquarie, as well as a single-circuit 'One Lap Dash', raises money for the Cancer Council NSW – specifically for men’s cancer support and research programs – and Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie, which provides on-water rescue support for the event.
Over 70 boats, from 11 foot 'Foiling Moths' and 18 foot skiffs, to cruising yachts, sports boats, multihulls and trailer-sailer yachts, lined up on the startline in a brisk northeasterly breeze, along with frequent showers throughout the weekend.
Dual 49er World Champion and Moth European Champion Nathan Outteridge was over the line early at the start and has to duck back before setting out after his fast disappearing rivals but he wound up to speed and set a new One Lap Dash record in his foiling Moth named ‘WMD’. He sailed the 29 nautical mile course in two hours, seven minutes and 31 seconds, beating Scott Babbage also in a Moth.
Sydney Hobart winner Mike Green sailing the Elliott 7 Evergreen won the One Lap Dash Division 1 race on handicap ahead of Justin Mitchells Mitchells Sails.
Mark Travis, Full Frontal took line honours in the One Lap Dash Division 2, from Adrian Williams Young 88 Forever Young. On Handicap Division 2 was won by Danny Gresham’s Di'sy ahead of Jeffery Pain’s Serein.
In the 24 hour race, it was the Clive Kennedy’s Egan 9.5 metre catamaran Two Tribes, who sailed 133 nautical miles around the lake, taking overall line honours for the third year, from Bob Cowan’s 8 metre sports boat Stealthy.
In Division 1 on handicap, Roy & Elizabeth Leslie Elan 37 Koko took first place from Stealth and Two Tribes.
In Division 2, line honours went to Chris Darby’s Mulloka from Warwick Fatches Jessily. On handicap it was Mark Hastings trimaran Try Flying who took the honours from Jessily.
However, the big winner from the weekend was the Cancer Council NSW, which will be receiving close to $35,000 raised through the EveryDayHero fundraising website, which allowed individual boats competing in the event to attract sponsorship from crew members, family, friends and colleagues.
'We are delighted with the response to this year’s regatta,' said Shaun Lewicki, Commodore of the Heaven Can Wait Yacht Club. Lewicki is a cancer survivor and Lake Macquarie sailor who was inspired to create the Heaven Can Wait 24 Hour Yacht Race in 2004 while very ill with cancer in Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital.
'In the first few years, we raised fairly modest amounts of money, but over the past couple of years, we have seen it leap from around $11,000 in 2008, to $22,000 in 2009 – and this year, with another five days to go we are heading for $40,000.
'That is a phenomenal effort from all participants, along with our sponsors, community organisations such as Toronto Rotary and many others.
'The funds we have raised will go specifically to research and support programs for men’s cancers,' Lewicki said.
'And I would remind people who have still not made a donation to this great cause that the EveryDayHero online facility is open for donations until this weekend.
Please go to our website at Heaven Can Wait 24-hour Yacht Race 2010 then click on the button that reads ‘Click here to sponsor your mates participating in the HCW Race’ to make a donation.'
For more information about the 2010 Heaven Can Wait Charity Regatta, including full results, stories and interviews please go to Heaven Can Wait 24-hour Yacht Race 2010