Run­ning, swim­ming, sail­ing around Isles

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - RICHARD KOSER

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.”

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Swim for itit: the crew of Mai Oui drop their swim­mer Graeme Thomas at Four Mile Beach

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