Heaven Can Wait 2012 numbers make a strong (late) run

Entrants jostle for position at the start of the Heaven Can Wait 2011 24-hour yacht race on Lake Macquarie
Numbers for the 2012 Heaven Can Wait Charity Yacht Regatta on Lake Macquarie this weekend are building quickly towards the race start on Saturday.

With five days to go, entries are now at over 40 boats, with organisers confident of getting to well over 50 - while on the fundraising side, over $13,500 has so far been raised for the Cancer Council of NSW.

Still to come is the pre-race dinner this Friday (the night before the race), which provides a number of additional fundraising opportunities as the event races towards its target of $30,000.

The regatta itself includes three races: the Classic 24 Hour Race, the One Lap Dash around the full 30 Nm course, and a new 12 Hour Challenge, with participants able to compete in any one, two or three events.

The race begins at 1100 hours on Saturday, with a fleet of yachts -- racing, one-design and cruising -- mixing it with foiling moths, 18 foot skiffs and kite surfers.

Now in its seventh year, the race was established by Lake Macquarie sailor and cancer survivor Shaun Lewicki to race funds for men's cancer research and support programs through the Cancer Council of NSW.

For more information, please go to the Heaven Can Wait website.