Clip­per Cup

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

WITH 21 boats en­tered into this year’s Ex­em­plar Clip­per Cup, com­pe­ti­tion was al­ways go­ing to be fierce.

But Mother Na­ture didn’t turn on the breeze, mak­ing rac­ing dif­fi­cult with no wind in the boat’s sails.

Two of the four days of rac­ing have now been com­pleted, and crews are to­day hav­ing a rest day to recharge the bat­ter­ies for what is sure to be an in­tense fin­ish.

With an $8000 prize pool, com­peti­tors have come from as far south as Townsville to be­come the Ex­em­plar Clip­per Cup cham­pion.

Port Dou­glas Yacht Club com­modore Colin Simpson said al­though there had been lots of sun for the first two days, there had been lit­tle wind.

‘‘On Tues­day there were two boats that had to with­draw from the race and Wed­nes­day three boats had to drop out be­cause there was just no wind,’’ he said.

‘‘The races started an hour late on Wed­nes­day as there was no wind.

‘‘On Fri­day and Satur­day the wind will pick up so we should see some bet­ter races.’’

The races on Fri­day and Satur­day will see the wind pick up to around 15-20 knots, giv­ing com­peti­tors some­thing to fill their sails.

Those head­ing to Four Mile Beach on Satur­day will have the best seats avail­able with two races to be held off the beach on the fi­nal race day. Day one re­sults Di­vi­sion one - Race one and two win­ner - Ice Di­vi­sion two - Race one win­ner was Kai Lani and Race two went to Ruff Red

Di­vi­sion three - Race one and two win­ner was Bare­foot

Di­vi­sion four - Race one and two win­ner was Port FM Mai Oui

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