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