New format to boost Clipper Cup fleet
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