Competitor Frequently Asked Questions

What classes are at this year’s event?

Sailing World Cup Olympic Classes

  • 49ers
  • 49FX
  • Nacra 17
  • RSXm
  • RSXw
  • Laser
  • Laser Radial
  • Finn
  • 470m
  • 470w
  • Kites M
  • Kites W

Sail Melbourne Invited Classes

  • Laser Radial (Open)
  • Laser 4.7
  • Optimist
  • Minnows
  • 29er
  • 420
  • Viper
  • Open Bic
  • Nacra 15
  • Sabre

When will entries open / Notice of Race (NoR) posted?

The Sail Melbourne Invited Class NOR is now available.  You can either register via the newsletter signup or like us on Facebook to be informed.

The Sailing World Cup (SWC) entries are managed directly by World Sailing and not the Event.  Invitations have now been sent out to the Top 20 boats in each SWC class (based on current World Sailing Rankings). You can request an entry by clicking here.

When will the Sailing Instructions (SIs) be made available?

Sail Melbourne Invited Classes SI's will be posted here closer to the Event and will be available on-site at the Regatta Office from the 4th December 2016.

SWC - Melbourne SI's will be posted online will be posted here closer to the Event and will be available on-site at the Regatta Office from the 4th December 2016.

How do I enter this year's SWC Melbourne? (Does not apply for the Invited Classes Regatta this is an 'open' event and entries are already open) 

Invitations will be sent to the top 20 athletes in each Class based on the current World Sailing rankings. From there entries will be made available by contacting World Sailing directly and requesting an entry. Click here to read the lastest media release with all this information.

What is the schedule of Racing?

The preliminary event schedule is available here. The full racing schedule will be made public in the Sailing Instructions and Notice of Race.

What is the schedule of other events during the regatta?

The preliminary event schedule is now available, however to be kept up to date to changes and additions please subscribe to the event newsletter below or follow us on Social Media.

Who is the Organising Authority?

As the peak organisation for the sport of sailing in Victoria, Yachting Victoria is contracted by World Sailing to deliver the Sailing World Cup – Melbourne & Sail Melbourne Invited Classes Regatta. This is done in conjunction with a number of Partner Clubs.

New Tack Events are engaged as the Event Managers to pull it all together.

Where is the Regatta Office and when is it open?

The Regatta Office will be located on the grounds just outside the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron. They will be open from 9am - 5pm (or 1 hour after the last race finishes for the day) from the 4th to 11th December 2016.

Where is First Aid?

First aid facility will be located at the Regatta Office located at the St Kilda Sailing Precinct from 9am - 5pm (or 1 hour after the last race finishes for the day) from the 4th to 11th December 2016. 

Where is the Media Centre?

The Media Centre can be found in the Royal Melbourn Yacht Squadron boat yard in the portable building. It will be labeled 'Media Centre'. Any Media wishing to enter this building must be accredited. To register for this event: click here to register.

Where do I park my boat?

All boats will be located in the ‘St Kilda Sailing Precinct’ consisting of Catani Gardens, Pier Road, Pier Lawn and St Kilda Beach.  Access to the St Kilda Sailing Precinct will be restricted to vehicles (no competitor parking available on site) with access from Pier Rd (opposite Cowderoy Street, St Kilda).  All boats are to be stored in their allocated location based on class. 

Can I leave my trailer on site?

Yes, there will be onsite parking for competitor boat trailers only (i.e. no coach boat trailers). Entry to this area is via the Northern entrance of Pier Road. However, we request that if possible, only your boats and necessary equipment be left at the venue and all other equipment / trailers be removed from site as you are leaving this at your own risk. 

Is their onsite car parking?

No, there is no onsite car parking available for competitors and coaches.  Pier Road will be closed during the Event to all vehicles except those with permitted access.  We encourage all interstate and international competitors to stay with our Official Hotel Group Partner, the Art Series Hotel Group, in one of the numerous accommodation options which are within walking distance.  However if that is not possible there are numerous parking options available surrounding the Event, including at the St Kilda Sea Baths. Arrival prior to 10am can cost approximately $8 for all day parking (underground). 

What date can I arrive to the regatta site?

Please refer to the Preliminary Event Schedule for more information. 

Can I train from the venue before the regatta?

Yes, you can train and sail out of the venue from Friday 2nd December.  If you arrive in Melbourne to train before this date please contact the Regatta Manager - Lesley Fasala (L[email protected]) who can assist with putting you in contact with various other clubs close to St Kilda to use as your training base both before and after the regatta.

When can I remove my boat from the regatta site?

Given the public restrictions imposed in this very busy tourist precinct and the fact that the event is operating within a road closure, cars will not be able to access the site to remove boats and trailers before 8am on Monday 13th December.  Boats and equipment will be able to be removed from site by foot prior to this time.

What are the Local Accommodation options?

The move to St Kilda in large part is due to the availability of a range of accommodation options. Our Official Hotel Group Partner, the Art Series Hotel Group, are able to accommodate you during your team in St Kilda. 

How do I get to the event by public transport?

St Kilda is well serviced by all sorts of public transport including the Numbers 96, 16, 12 and 109 trams and various bus services. For detailed timetable and schedule information, please visit

Is there security at the event?

Yes, given the public nature of the Event at St Kilda and all of benefits this brings, it does present some challenges including security. Although the Event will have contracted security onsite across the whole area, the responsibility remains with every individual to ensure that their property is safe and secure when they are not there.  

Where do I leave my equipment during the event?

We encourage all participants to not leave property unsecured during the event, anything left on site will be at your own risk. 

Where do I launch a coach boat?

There is no coach / support boat launching facilities at the venue.  The closest launching facility is 1km south of the venue at St Kilda Marina where there is full service marina / boating facility including public launching ramps and re-fuelling.

Where do I berth a coach / support boat?

All coach / support boats are critical to the safe delivery of the regatta and in the case of emergency are important parts of on-water safety.  For this reason, all coaches and boats associated with the event need to register prior to the event. This registration (including small fee) will provide you with competitor level access to the venue and berthing of your boat from Sunday 4th to Monday 13th December in the Royal Melbourne yacht Squadron marina.  For any berthing / access required outside of these dates, please arrange this directly with RMYS.

As a spectator, how can I watch the racing?

A fundamental principle in the move to St Kilda is to make the sport accessible to the wider public both onshore and on the water.  Thus spectator viewing will be encouraged at various locations including St Kilda Pier, and the rooftop of St Kilda Sea Baths. In addition we are looking at all ways to bring the action back to shore through live streaming of video to screens and a large super screen, commentary, possible spectator boats and of course making sure the racing is as close to shore as safely possible. To stay up to date with options for viewing the sailing action, please subscribe to our newsletter below.