Yasi rallies sailors for Port
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.