Cock of the Harbour

A historic trophy, along with bragging rights for being the fastest rooster on Newcastle Harbour, is up for grabs when the Port Hunter 16 Foot Skiff Sailing Club holds its Cock-of-the-Harbour race on April 10, as part of the 2021 SailFest Newcastle Regatta.

Among the members there’s also a healthy respect for the off-the-beach fraternity as a whole, with multihulls welcomed to compete alongside the 16-footers and performance dinghies.

“Everyone’s welcome,” says club legend Arran Gore. “Skiffs, cats, multis, MGs, Moths, VSs, 49ers, Flying Ants – everyone!”

Competitors are asked to rig and launch from the Port Hunter site.

Generous prizes will be offered for scratch and handicaps for both the 16-Foot Skiffs and the off-the-beach dinghy and catamaran classes. The gun is set to fire at 2pm.

Entries available online or will be taken on the day at the clubhouse, off Hunter Street in Stockton. Or you can contact 0408 491 746, phssc@fastmail.com, in advance.

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