Hmmm, well it is 963km from Sydney to Melbourne.
I have travelled to Melbourne for a Worlds regatta that lasted a week.
So sure, people may travel long distances, but it would have to be an event of some significance I suggest, other than meeting you of course!
Sound like a terrific opportunity for Colin and his Victorian owners to get together.
A regatta I usually go to is the Twofold Bay Regatta (South Coast NSW) in February each year. In a previous class I sailed a number of Victorians would also attend. So if we could get four NSW/ACT boats and four Victorians it could be a great Weta event.
Good luck in Melbourne,