Thai event for Port boat

Cooper’s Senga com­pletes epic cam­paign

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

BELINDA Cooper’s yacht Senga has per­formed well in the Crown King’s Cup Re­gatta in Phuket, Thai­land this week.

In three races con­tested early in the week it placed first, first and third.

The re­gatta ends on Satur­day.

Af­ter sailing 3000 nau­ti­cal miles from Port Dou­glas, lo­cal Cooper and her three crew de­liv­ered Senga af­ter an epic ad­ven­ture via Dar­win, In­done­sia, Malaysia and Malacca Strait, ready to com­pete in the Re­gatta.

The rest of the crew flew over in time to pre­pare and un­der­take prac­tice runs for a week be­fore the re­gatta started on Mon­day.

‘The same crew has cam­paigned and raced Senga at Air­lie Beach re­gatta plac­ing fourth, Hamil­ton Is­land re­gatta where they came sec­ond, and Mag­netic Is­land,” skip­per Cooper said.

The ma­jor­ity of the crew are based in Port Dou­glas in­clude lo­cals Cooper, sail maker Mal Richard­son, Maryanne Phillips, Trudy Carolyn Nod and are joined by Iseta Har­ris from Wonga Beach, Sue Bum­stead from Mel­bourne, Qarma from Strad­broke Is­land and Belinda’s brother Sir Adrian Cooper from Eng­land.

Rep­re­sent­ing Port Dou­glas Yacht Club, Belinda Cooper first be­came in­ter­ested in sailing when she moved to Cairns 20 years ago.

She is now an ex­pe­ri­enced racing skip­per of many years, hav­ing won the Air­lie Beach Race Week and Mag­netic Is­land both in 2014 on La Quilta, a Moody 45DS with an all-fe­male racing team.

In pre­vi­ous years she has won the Mag­netic Is­land Race Week on the Syd­ney 32 Groove.

Cooper said the trip would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the gen­er­ous sup­port of lo­cal busi­nesses Oa­sis Mag­a­zine, Paddy’s Ir­ish Bar, Cairns Car Loans and Pest­away Pest Man­age­ment.

Fol­low Senga and crew on Face­book: https://www.face­book.com/Ag­nesCooper/

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Port Dou­glas yacht Senga and some of the crew who com­peted in Thai­land this week

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