His­toric Clip­per Cup

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE launch of the 2011 Ex­em­plar Clip­per Cup on Tues­day night gave sailors a rich in­sight into the his­tory of the his­toric race.

Port Dou­glas Yacht Club rear com­modore Mick Gwilliams ex­plained to mem­bers the sig­nif­i­cance of the Clip­per Cup which was first con­tested in Waikiki, Hawaii, more than 30 years ago.

Yacht­ing le­gends such as Syd Fisher have their name etched on the Clip­per Cup which has been hosted by the Port Dou­glas club since 1995.

For­mer Clip­per Cup win­ners Leon Paul, Tim Preuss and Doug Ryan were among the sup­port­ers on hand to hear what the club has in store for this year’s race, which will be held dur­ing Car­ni­vale from May 21 to May 28.

The six-race event will this year fea­ture an in­ter-club team chal­lenge to be held si­mul­ta­ne­ously with the main event un­der dif­fer­ent hand­i­cap con­di­tions.

“We want to en­cour­age more clubs to par­tic­i­pate in the fun spirit of the event,” Gwilliams said.

There will also be a ves­sel for spec­ta­tors this year so they can get close to the rac­ing ac­tion.

The club is look­ing for a nam­ing rights spon­sor for the in­ter-club chal­lenge. Any­one in­ter­ested in hav­ing their name or busi­ness en­graved on the per­pet­ual tro­phy or who wants to get on board the spec­ta­tor ves­sel for the Ex­em­plar Clip­per Cup can con­tact the yacht club for more de­tails.

Photo by GREG MCLEAN

It’s mine: for­mer Clip­per Cup win­ners Leon Paul, Tim Preuss and Doug Ryan

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