Win earns free beer year

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

YACHTS, tin­nies, outrig­ger ca­noes and recre­ational fish­ing boats lined up in the Dixon In­let yes­ter­day for the “rit­ual” bless­ing of the fleet race around Low Isles to cel­e­brate Aus­tralia Day.

Boat­ing lovers and spec­ta­tors sipped cold beers at the Port Dou­glas Com­bined Club to wit­ness the 49th win­ner of the his­tor­i­cal race and watch the boats be blessed by Fa­ther Paul Beasley.

The win­ner of the hand­i­cap hon­ours was awarded to the skip­per who es­ti­mated the fin­ish time clos­est to their ac­tual fin­ish time at the end of the race.

This year’s win­ner was Jon Bur­nett, skip­per of the Pearl “HB” Lug­ger boat, which crossed the fin­ish line with an ac­tual fin­ish time of (14:28:44) when es­ti­mat­ing a fin­ish time of (14:29:00).

As the vic­to­ri­ous win­ner Mr Bur­nett is en­ti­tled to a “free pot of XXXX Gold” at the club ev­ery day for a year at the front of the bar of the Port Dou­glas Com­bined Club.

Ac­cord­ing to the tra­di­tion, he has also earned a “seat on the wall” to be mounted at the Com­bined Club along­side the names of the 48 pre­vi­ous boast and skip­pers who have won hand­i­cap hon­ours through­out his­tory.

Mr Bur­nett was thrilled to have won the pres­ti­gious award and said “it was a team ef­fort and it doesn’t mat­ter how old you are you just got to keep try­ing”.

“The best way to win a race is to have a re­ally good time keeper. We were try­ing to time it so that we could have a swim af­ter­wards,” he said jok­ingly.

“This is the first time we have raced in the bless­ing of the fleet. I haven’t won a race since 1989 so it has been the long­est race I have won in a very long time.”

Sec­ond place for the hand­i­cap hon­ours was awarded to Glen Thorpe with an ac­tual fin­ish time of (12:30:40) and an es­ti­mated fin­ish time of (12:40:30).

San­sil was the third boat to cross the line with a time of (12:01:10) and an es­ti­mated fin­ish­ing time of (12:07:00) which was awarded to the skip­per Brett Lid­dell. Their crew was also awarded ’best dressed’ on the day.

The Line Hon­ours was awarded to Jeff An­der­son, skip­per of the Coast Guard boat.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.