New for­mat to boost Clip­per Cup fleet

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

EN­TRIES are now open for the regions premier yacht race, the Port Dou­glas Ex­em­plar Clip­per Cup.

Or­gan­is­ers have shaken up the for­mat of the an­nual Clip­per Cup, with the event now tak­ing place over a five-day pe­riod in­stead of nine and three di­vi­sions, in­clud­ing mono­hull, multi-hull and cruis­ing di­vi­sions.

The club’s tro­phy races will also be brought to­gether un­der the ban­ner of the Close­haven Ma­rina Tro­phy Se­ries.

“With only one di­vi­sion it turned a lot of would be com­peti­tors away, given that some boats don’t have the ca­pac­ity to be com­pet­i­tive with oth­ers,” Port Dou­glas Yacht Club rear com­modore Mick Gwilliams said.

“We also hope that by con­dens­ing the race days we will at­tract more boats from out of the area - as the pre­vi­ous five-day gap be­tween race days was too much of a com­mit­ment for some - the change in for­mat also brings the event more in line with other Queens­land re­gat­tas.”

Last year saw 16 boats com­pete in the revered boat­ing com­pe­ti­tion and Gwilliams hopes this year’s com­pe­ti­tion will at­tract more even more en­tries from far­ther afield.

“We have been ad­ver­tis­ing as far down as Air­lie Beach and hope to tempt some of the boat­ies down south to come and com­pete in the com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

“We have more than 16 boats in the wa­ters here, if we could coax some more of the lo­cal boats to en­ter and in­crease com­peti­tor num­bers that would be fan­tas­tic.”

“The event will also co­in­cide with the first week­end of Car­ni­vale mean­ing boat­ies will get the op­por­tu­nity to in­dulge in the won­der­ful food and wine events hap­pen­ing around the town,” Mick said.

The ma­jor event run by the Port Dou­glas Yacht Club will in­clude races around Snap­per Is­land and Lowe Isles and will take place from May 23-27 with a prize pool of $8000.

Then within min­utes, an­other pass­ing squall de­liv­ered plenty of strong gusts and some driv­ing rain as the race con­cluded in con­di­tions that would nor­mally can­cel the start of any race.

Magic held on to line hon­ours 13 sec­onds ahead of Ann Sea but the wind had played a ma­jor role in re­vers­ing the for­tunes of many yachts able to shorten their course in the chang­ing winds.

De­spite ar­riv­ing late to the start hand­i­cap ad­justed times gave Indigo (58:34) her first win of the se­ries ahead of Ann Sea (01:01:51) and Tau Ceti (01:01:57). Miriama (01:02:28) was fourth, then Magic (01:17:11), Ice (01:06:58), Ruff Red (01:06:59) and Big Ears (01:08:22).

Ann Sea (17) now leads the se­ries two points clear from Tau Ceti (19) and Magic (20).

Threat­en­ing sky: Indigo in ac­tion on

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