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Sail Port Stephens a boost for ‘bay’ economy

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The upcoming Sail Port Stephens is a significant contributor to the local economy, according to mayor Ryan Palmer.

Following the success of SailFest Newcastle at the weekend, most of the crews will now head to the “bay” for another thrilling edition of the sporting spectacle.

The program kicks off with the prestigious Commodores Cup (PHS) and Port Stephens Trophy (ORC) from 15 to 20 April, followed by the SPS Windward-Leeward Series from 26 to 28 April and, lastly, the Bay Series from 3 to 5 May, with dinghy and windsurfers taking to the water.

“We have pretty spectacular waterways in Port Stephens,” Cr Palmer said.

“So, it’s no wonder we attract events like Sail Port Stephens, welcoming sailors, enthusiasts and spectators from all over Australia – making it one of the largest events we host.

“This year, we’re excited to partner with main organising body to stage additional community activations for locals and visitors alike.

“With ‘live’ music, a pop-up bar in the street and businesses staying open with special deals, it’s the perfect mid-week night out to immerse yourself in this vibrant celebration.

“It’ll be a major eceonomic boost for the region, too.

“The highlight, of course, is the Sail Port Stephens Street Party on Stockton and Magnus streets in Nelson Bay on 17 April.

“To see all the action, from the best vantage points, make sure you check out our Locals Lounges at Nelson Bay foreshore on 19 and 20 April and then at Soldiers Point on 4 May.

“They’ll be the perfect spots to bring a picnic or grab a bite to eat, then settle back and watch the races while soaking in the pulsating atmosphere.

“Don’t miss these unforgettable moments in the stunning backdrop of Port Stephens.”

For further information about Sail Port Stephens, the Sail Port Stephens Street Party and Locals Lounges, visit pscouncil.info/sps-streetparty

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