Saturday March 28, 2009 saw clear skies greet a fleet of 34 Hanse Yachts, who for the third year in a row have participated in the annual “Hanse Owners Rally” which is sailed amongst the clear water and spectacular scenery of Pittwater.
From year to year the number of participants have grown. The 2009 Rally saw 34 yachts participate and 150 enjoy food, wine and entertainment back at the Royal Motor Yacht Club.
Windcraft Principal Peter Hrones said, “I’ve come to realise that our owners not only buy the Hanse Yachts for their stylish looks and sailing performance, but for the lifestyle and opportunities that ownership of a Hanse Yacht brings.”
“We set up Hanse Downunder to foster a social atmosphere amongst all owners, and aiming to ultimately create a thriving community of yachties with a common interest. The number of participants in this year’s event has shown that this club atmosphere is a major part of owning a Hanse Yacht. We now have owners talking about making the trip to Hamilton Island for race week this year and the annual tag along sail that we organise to Port Stephens”, he said.
The day saw light winds for the first race which was followed by a lunch at the picturesque and aptly named Hungry Beach. A north easterly breeze filled in for the second race which ensured a lively sail for all and made for a magnificent sight as the 34 yachts sailed back down Pittwater.