Yasi ral­lies sailors for Port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - SAM SMALLBONE

THE dev­as­ta­tion of Cy­clone Yasi has at­tracted up to thirty boats from across Aus­tralia which will set sail for Port Dou­glas in June as part of the Co­ral Coast Rally and Race.

The an­nual event, known as the Dent to Dunk Rally and Race, is or­gan­ised by the Abel Point Yacht Club in Air­lie Beach and at­tracts boats to race and rally be­tween Air­lie Beach and Dunk Is­land each year.

But thanks to Port Dou­glas Yacht Club sail­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber War­rick Birtwhis­tle, the 12-day event will now fin­ish in Port Dou­glas as Dunk Is­land and Card­well were se­verely dam­aged by the cy­clone.

Abel Point Yacht Club trea­surer Lyn Chalmers is look­ing for­ward to sail­ing up to Port Dou­glas and hopes lo­cals from the re­gion join the rally.

“The spirit of the rally is to fos­ter fun, good fel­low­ship and en­joy­ment of sail­ing and to in­tro­duce sailors, who have not cruised these parts be­fore to this beau­ti­ful re­gion,” she said.

“We usu­ally get yachts come up from Mel­bourne and Mooloolaba and from across the coast to join the rally and race so it will be nice for them to stay in Port Dou­glas.”

The Abel Point Yacht Club in­vites boats at least 7.5m long to take part in the 320-nautical mile rally from Air­lie to Port Dou­glas on June 1.

The sis­ter race is open to boats of at least 9m to com­pete in a 210-nautical mile race from Air­lie Beach around the Palm group of is­lands to fin­ish at Horse­shoe Bay, Mag­netic Is­land on June 3.

Sailors will be in­vited to join the rally and con­tinue to Port Dou­glas.

“The rally and race is a lot of fun and last year we had up to 26 boats and just over 80 peo­ple so it is one of the big­gest ral­lies on the east coast of Aus­tralia,” Mr Birtwhis­tle said.

“Along the way we will be fundrais­ing money for the Card­well Coast­guard and RSL and there will be great games and com­pe­ti­tions in­clud­ing the home/boat bikini competition - which is al­ways a laugh.”

Sailors will be in­vited to a va­ri­ety of so­cial events along the way in­clud­ing bar­be­cues on the beach, din­ner and en­ter­tain­ment at lo­cal is­land pubs, golf, horse rid­ing, swim­ming and snorkelling.

The pre­sen­ta­tion of prizes for the race will be held at Mar­lin Bar Tav­ern on Horse­shoe Bay on June 5 and the win­ners of the rally will be awarded at the Port Dou­glas Yacht Club on June 12.

To reg­is­ter for the Co­ral Coast Rally and Race visit http://apyc.yacht­ing.org.au/ and pay an en­try fee of $250 be­fore the clos­ing date on May 25.

Late en­tries may be ac­cepted at the dis­cre­tion of the race com­mit­tee and will at­tract an ad­di­tional $200 late fee.

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