Thai event for Port boat
Cooper’s Senga completes epic campaign
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.
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Port Douglas yacht Senga and some of the crew who competed in Thailand this week