Clip­per crowned

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS - Jessie Tol­son

LO­CAL yacht Ice over­came calm seas and a record num­ber of en­tries from as far away as Townsville to claim the 2013 Clip­per Cup.

The Clip­per Cup is in its 19th year and is the most pres­ti­gious event on on the Port Dou­glas Yacht Club cal­en­dar with the his­tory of the tro­phy go­ing back to the 1970s when it was con­tested as an in­ter­na­tional event hosted by the Waikiki Yacht Club in Hawaii.

Ice skip­per Mick Gwilliams said he and wife Helen are thrilled to have their name en­graved along­side Aus­tralia’s sail­ing roy­alty.

‘‘It is in­deed an hon­our to have our name on the tro­phy pedestal along with such Aussie sail­ing im­mor­tals as Syd Fis­cher and Raga­muf­fin,’’ he said.

‘‘At the end of the day the crew can pre­pare the boat as best they can and sail to the best of their abil­ity but in a per­for­mance-based hand­i­cap sys­tem there can still be many vari­ables that de­ter­mine the out­come.

‘‘As each race passes and the hand­i­caps ad­just based on the most re­cent per­for­mance it be­comes harder to main­tain any ad­van­tage, how­ever I be­lieve the weather played a ma­jor role in de­ter­min­ing the out­come of this year’s event.

‘‘With light to very light winds on three of the four race days there was a def­i­nite ad­van­tage for the lighter boats such as Ice and we man­aged to achieve a win in three of the four races held on th­ese days.

‘‘On the other day we had 20 knots and heav­ier seas which is a big dis­ad­van­tage to us but this favoured the heav­ier yachts which the re­sults on the day proved.

‘‘But for­tu­nately the re­gatta al­lows for one re­sult to be dropped af­ter four races.

Ice only just scraped in one point ahead of Townsville en­trant Dusty Muz­zle on its third at­tempt to claim to prized cup.

‘‘There was very strong com­pe­ti­tion in our di­vi­sion with Doug Ryan and the crew of Shazam in prepa­ra­tion for this year’s Syd­ney to Ho­bart, Belinda Cooper from Cairns sail­ing Groove and lo­cal sail­ing fa­natic Tim Preuss on Ann Sea who is a reg­u­lar win­ner in the club races.

‘‘We now have a re­gatta that the re­gion can be proud of and have built a great foun­da­tion to build upon and with con­tin­ued sup­port from our ma­jor spon­sors Ex­em­plar Coaches & Lim­ou­sines and Posiedon and Sail­away, the PDYC and the Clip­per Cup has a bright fu­ture.’’

CHAM­PION SAILORS:

Di­vi­sion win­ners and the Clip­per Cup.

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