Charity Sailing Regatta


30th Jan - 2nd Feb, 2025

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Yachts Sailing


Raised for a cancer
free future 

Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto - home of the Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta

Proudly supporting Cancer Council 

The Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta has been running for 19 years and in that time has raised over $500,000 for the Home Help Program of the Hunter Branch of Cancer Council. The money provided by this event has funded domestic assistance to many, many people throughout the greater Newcastle and Hunter Regions.

2025 will be the 19th year of the Regatta and our fundraising target for 2025 is $60,000.

The Heaven Can Wait 24 hour race was conceived and inaugurated by Lake Macquarie resident, keen sailor and cancer survivor Shaun Lewicki. The regatta is a major annual sailing event on the lake that promotes the sport of sailing, the Lake Macquarie/Newcastle/Hunter region and raises funds for the local branch Cancer Council NSW, providing funds to help those people dealing with the challenges of cancer in their personal lives.


The Home Help Program run by the Hunter Branch of Cancer Council NSW has assisted more than 40 patients over the past 12 months and the money raised in the 2025 event will enable Cancer Council to continue to provide these much needed and much appreciated services throughout the local region.

How It Works

Step 1

Take the fundraising challenge - build your yachts own fundraising page

Step 2

Invite the support of your teams’ network of family, friends and work associates as part of this great fund raising event.


Raise funds for Cancer Council to provide domestic support to cancer patients who are going through or have endured cancer treatment and are now in urgent need of support around their home.

The Heaven Can Wait Charity Sailing Regatta has grown to include events that cater for dinghy sailors as well as smaller yachts that may not be able to complete a dash around the lake within the time limit. It will again be a part of a much larger aquatic event on Lake Macquarie – Lakefest. Lakefest is a collaboration between The Royal Motor Yacht Club Toronto, Wangi Amateur Sailing Club, Belmont 16’s, Rotary Toronto Sunrise and the Lake Macquarie Classic Boat Association. Most of the events that make up Lakefest, not only raise money for needy charities, but also fulfills the other Heaven Can Wait objectives of promoting the sport of sailing as well as Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and the Hunter Region. 

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