Australia Day Regatta announces new naming sponsor
The Australia Day Regatta Committee is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with leading global watercraft designer and manufacturer Naiad, to sponsor the 188th Regatta to be conducted on January 26, 2024.
Now owned by Australian veteran-founded “The Whiskey Project Group (TWPG)”, Naiad has for over 40 years been at the forefront of high-performance watercraft hull design with an emphasis on strength, extreme eﬃciency and soft-riding. Its performance record has seen Naiad vessels become the dominant oﬀshore watercraft utilized by the leading maritime rescue organizations across both Australia and New Zealand
On welcoming the partnership with The Australia Day Regatta, TWPG’s founders Darren Schuback and Ryan Carmichael said, “The alignment of Naiad to the oldest continuously conducted annual sailing regatta in the world is an obvious one for us – with so many Naiad vessels already safeguarding our waterways and watching over not just the Regatta but all Australians out on the water.”
“TWPG is an evolving Australian success story – designing and building defence, commercial and increasingly leisure vessels both at home from our facility in Yamba and overseas. The opportunity to support the spectacle of the Regatta in our own backyard is incredible”, they said.
Welcoming Naiad, Australia Day Regatta President Noel Cornish AM added, “The Regatta is a major part of the fabric of Australia Day throughout NSW, and to have an organisation of Naiad’s proven reputation, with its deep maritime defence and rescue pedigree, partner with us as we look towards the future of the Regatta is a very signiﬁcant one. We are grateful to TWPG, through Naiad, for their support in 2024 and beyond.”
The Australia Day Regatta and has been conducted each year since 1837. From its beginnings, the regatta has been about recognizing the equality, diversity and opportunity Australians enjoy and evidenced through the sport of sailing on our extraordinary waterways. It is not one event – but a plethora of races and events ranging from oﬀshore racing to beach launched dinghies and radio- controlled yachts at clubs across the harbour and up and down the NSW Coast.
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