Perth, Australia (March 10th, 2017) – Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, affectionately known around the world as “Freshie”, has a stunning location on a promontory above the Swan River, which provides a natural amphitheatre ideally suited to stadium sailing. As hosts of the World Match Racing Tour events Perth Match Cup and Match Cup Australia, rest assured that Freshie will deliver.
While there are good viewing locations all around Freshwater Bay, there is no doubt that the lawns of the Yacht Club provide a great elevated platform, with a convivial atmosphere. No matter what the wind direction, the whole course will be easily visible from this gently sloping grassy area, while the bar and access to food is close at hand.
Freshie is no stranger to hosting major events, from dinghy world championships to big keelboat regattas, and they have a talent for producing their own “home-grown” champions. They are also familiar with the match racing format, having hosted the Warren Jones Youth Regatta many times.
The competition for the Perth Math Cup is going to be fierce, with the last two places in the Championship level Match Cup Australia up for grabs. With skippers coming from New Zealand, Malaysia and Russia to add to the Australian talent, there will be no easy matches in this event.
Match Cup Australia will see an international array of elite match racers from around the globe, and will act as the championship season opener.
Courses on Freshwater Bay will be tight, making for some very close quarters racing, which should keep the spectators on the edge of their seats. This area of the Swan river is blessed with flat water whatever the direction and strength of the breeze, so we can expect to see some big bursts of speed if the fabled Fremantle Doctor seabreeze puts in an appearance.
Freshie is a club that has a huge reputation for hospitality and they will be welcoming those who want to come and watch the action. It is a club that some of the world’s greatest sailors frequent, so you could find yourself standing at the bar shoulder-to-shoulder with an Olympic Gold Medallist or a Sydney to Hobart winner.