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