Running, swimming, sailing around Isles
IN TYPICAL Port Douglas fashion, the inaugural Two Island Sail and Run boat race was as much about having a fun day on the water as it was about winning.
Five boats lined up for the unusual race, a sail around Low Isles combined with two swim legs and a couple of runs.
Magic, skippered by Doug Ryan and assisted by Alan Porteous in the swim and run legs, took line honours in three hours and seven minutes, while Ice, skippered by Mick Gwilliams, won on handicap.
Kai Lani skipper Gordon Wellham, however, reckons his ’athlete’ Richie Stapleton was his biggest handicap.
“Poor old Richie, he was crook before he even got on the boat,” Gordon said.
“He’d had a big night out, and he really wasn’t well.
“We had to throw him off the boat when we got to Low Isles. He practically strolled around the island.
“Gus Besley pulled out at the last minute, so good on Rich for taking on the challenge.”
Magic and Ice reached Low Isles close together. With their athletes swimming shoulder to shoulder, Ice set off on the circumnavigation first.
However, Magic was in the lead by the time it came to turn for home.
“Doug Ryan knows those waters so well,” Gordon said.
“He knows the currents, he knows how close you can get.”
Gordon said the inaugural race had been met with enthusiasm by spectators on Four Mile Beach.
“We had glorious conditions and it was a crowded Four Mile Beach on a beaut Saturday afternoon when we arrived.
“People were gushing with enthusiasm at the club-house.
“I’m sure there will be plenty of people trying to beat the record next year.”
Swim for itit: the crew of Mai Oui drop their swimmer Graeme Thomas at Four Mile Beach