Middle Harbour Yacht Club, established in 1939/40 has a long and proud history from the need to facilitate competitive racing for boat owners and crews.
In the 1960's, as a response to growing fleet numbers Middle Harbour Yacht Club initiated the Middle Harbour Regatta which saw 469 yachts of various sizes racing in 12 classes on Middle Harbour. The Regatta drew large crowds to the foreshores and the highlight was the "cock of the harbour" race off between the class champions using a yardstick handicap.
It is in the spirit of this competitive and high profile past that Middle Harbour Yacht Club presents, the Sydney Harbour Regatta raced on the waters of Sydney Harbour. The event will deliver a full weekend of competitive yacht racing.
Middle Harbour Yacht Club acknowledges the support of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, Royal Australian Navy Sailing Association, Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club, Manly Yacht Club, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and the Sydney Flying Squadron. Their support by providing on water course resources is recognised as an integral component to the events ongoing success as a world-class competitive sailing regatta. Their support in terms of scheduling their independent racing programs to feature the Sydney Harbour Regatta as a premier calendarised event for members will transform Sydney Harbour into a giant, visually exciting yachting spectacular.
In 2023 we see the Nautilus Marine Insurance Sydney Harbour Regatta, in its 18th year, as one of the largest keelboat regattas in Australia with an expected 190 boats vying for the podium place.