Petersville Regatta 2021

27 - 30 December 2021


Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron (BYS) is excited to once again host the Petersville Regatta for 2021. Historically, the Petersville Regatta attracted keel boat owners from surrounding yacht clubs and was held from 1981 – 1990 before the race was combined with Geelong Week. Successful boats who featured in the historical race include Shambles and Dry Reach skippered by R.Hick and subsequently G.Matthews, both of whom were the most successful boat competitors during the history of the event.


The Petersville Regatta is fondly remembered as a ‘spectacular event’ and the ‘social highlight’ of the season. We welcome all keel boat skippers and crews to participate in bringing back a terrific tradition.


Forty years and going from strength to strength.

The following excerpt is taken from “The Miracle at Scotts’ Shed” book by Edgar French published in 1983.

‘’Over the 1980s and 1990s the Petersville Regatta (sponsored by Sleigh/Golden Fleece, and later Nissan) was a spectacular event on the water and the social highlight of the BYS year. The regatta, held over a week, with five races, was a highlight of the Port Phillip racing season. The final two races were a passage race from Melbourne to Blairgowrie and the final race starting at Portsea and finishing at Blairgowrie. The start at Portsea was a grand event, and the social activities at Blairgowrie were memorable occasions. BYS catered for up to 650 dinners in the evening after the regatta in the early years. BYS continued its excellent association with the regatta until 1995, when it was the Nissan Regatta.’’

“Sailing at Blairgowrie has always been very special for those of us who regularly enjoy the waters of southern Port Phillip.  One of the highly rewarding aspects of undertaking the marina expansion and building our new clubhouse was that these projects would allow the club to share the enjoyment we as members experience regularly with sailors and families from other clubs through hosting events such as the Petersville Regatta.  The Petersville Regatta has a long history as a major event on Port Phillip dating back to the 80’s and BYS is proud to be able to continue the tradition by hosting the event in its new format.  We look forward to welcoming everyone to the regatta each year to make new memories and long lasting friendships”.


Commodore Brian Smith, 2013-15