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When
18 February 2017
Starting 12:30pm
Where
Frankston
to Port Melbourne
A spectacular 45 kilometre journey

About Sail & Kite Across the Bay event day

Windsurfers, sailors and kitesurfers unite in our spectacular event after a successful trial in February 2016.


A memorable, unique and inspiring 45 kilometre journey travelling across Melbourne’s famous Port Phillip Bay – from Frankston to Port Melbourne.

Windsurfers, kitesurfers and single person sailing craft are all welcome to participate together in a simultaneous event.

Experience Port Phillip Bay like never before, fully supported in the largest event of its kind in Australia’s history.

The event will be held on one of two weekends (18-19 February OR 25-26 February) and will be dependent on wind and weather forecasts. Event organisers will determine the most suitable day for the event to run.

Sail Across The Bay (SATB) & Kite Across the Bay (KATB) are designed for intermediate to experienced participants only. Entrants in this event must understand the requirement for event holding dates and acknowledge the potential for conditions to impact on the event dates. The registration fee and funds raised are non-refundable but event organisers will do everything possible to ensure the event is held during the advertised period.

We encourage participants to train in groups and be confident in deep water and light wind scenarios as well as self rescue procedures. Be sure to follow Across The Bay Events on Facebook and receive notifications on training sessions and updates of the event.

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Be fully supported in the largest event of its kind in Australia’s history.


SAIL & KITE ACROSS THE BAY

Experience Port Phillip Bay like never before, fully supported in the largest event of its kind in Australia’s history!


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If you can’t find an answer, ask us on Facebook or send us an email: events@acrossthebay.com.au


The day will start at midday on event day, and you will need to:

  • Sign in
  • Receive your Long Life tracking device
  • Get your official lycra top

With the purpose of working together as a community it is encouraged for participants to establish Buddy Groups. This allows for all participants to support each other throughout the event. The Buddy Groups are:

  • 3-5 participants to agree to undertake the event together and support each other.
  • Participants are responsible for creating their Buddy Groups and sticking together throughout the event.

Benefits of the Buddy Group System are:

  • If one of your group needs help, you all wait together for boat support or go to the beach together if close enough
  • If one of your group needs help and another needs to go for help (on water or land), there is still a buddy available to stay with the friend in need of help
  • Moral support for your group to assist others to complete the event, support others with water launch/ advice on self rescue if required.
  • Community atmosphere to help each other complete the event.

The Buddy Groups are the responsibility of participants to work together as a team to complete the event.

With the purpose of working together as a community it is encouraged for participants to establish Buddy Groups. This allows for all participants to support each other throughout the event. The Buddy Groups are:

  • 3-5 participants to agree to undertake the event together and support each other.
  • Participants are responsible for creating their Buddy Groups and sticking together throughout the event.

Benefits of the Buddy Group System are:

  • If one of your group needs help, you all wait together for boat support or go to the beach together if close enough
  • If one of your group needs help and another needs to go for help (on water or land), there is still a buddy available to stay with the friend in need of help
  • Moral support for your group to assist others to complete the event and contribute to the community atmosphere.

The Buddy Groups are the responsibility of participants to work together as a team to complete the event.

No problem. Others will be in the same situation and there will be a few opportunities to arrange a buddy through Facebook posts, informal meet ups and on the day. Follow us on Facebook for more information. Alternatively get your friends or family involved as well.

  • Water (hydration backpack is recommended)
  • A least one member of your Buddy Group should carry a mobile phone
  • A MyKi Card (for public transportation if required)
  • Some money should you require to land prior to reaching Port Melbourne

Yes, as per water safety regulations all participants will need to have a Grade 1 PFD. An impact vest will be suitable when in worn in combination with a 3mm wetsuit (this is approved from Coast Guard & Water Police consultation). It is also recommended to wear a protective helmet for complete safety.

Safety information will be provided regularly via our Facebook page, website and e-newsletters. A final safety brief will occur on the day of the event to reiterate safety points and to confirm wind forecasts, everyone’s buddy system and the launching and landing protocols.

Yes please! We encourage people to volunteer and assist with event logistics, event registrations and setting up and packing down. Just email events@acrossthebay.com.au for more information about volunteering.

If you sadly can’t make it on the day for whatever reason, your funds will still support Cancer Council Victoria in their fantastic work – and we will hope you will be able to make it the following year. Also don’t forget to get in touch after the event so that we can give you your event lycra top.

We understand it’s difficult for people to put aside two weekends in February for this event but as we are 100% dependant on the wind, there is just no way to provide certainty until closer to the date.

Sadly the registration fee is non-refundable – you will still be able to claim your lycra top and you will have a place in the event on its contingency date.

The majority of the costs that your Registration Fee covers will be invested in advance, regardless of wind. All funds raised will still go to Cancer Council Victoria.

Event participants are responsible for planning their transportation from the finish line at Port Melbourne. Event organisers encourage participants to arrange for friends or family to drop them off at the start line in Frankston and meet them at the finish line. Both the departure and arrival are amazing sights to watch so make sure to have friends and family bring a picnic and make a day of it!

Across the Bay Events aim is to provide events that encourage fundraising to make a positive impact in the fight against cancer. While the events have grown and participant numbers have increased, the aim remains unchanged – Sail Across the Bay & Kite Across the Bay to raise funds for Cancer Council Victoria and all participants are encouraged to fundraise. Be sure to follow the event on Facebook for handy tips on how to easily boost your fundraising efforts. For more information about how your fundraising will benefit Cancer Council Victoria please click here.

Definitely! Your donation will always be welcome! Please click here to donate directly to the cause. Alternatively, if you have a friend who is participating in the event you can donate to their individual Everyday Hero page and assist in their fundraising efforts.

Generally if you have the ability to kite comfortably upwind and downwind, can complete a self-rescue confidently and have suitable fitness to kite for approximately 3-4 hours on choppy waters, you are most likely ready for the challenge. If you are unsure of your skill set, talk to one of our official partners – their friendly team of instructors will be able to assist.

Yes, every participant is required to have their own Kitesurf Insurance. You can obtain this through Kiteboarding Australia (KA) or Kite Boarding Victoria. For more information please visit their websites:

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