Race Week runs flat tack

Yachties whoop it up at Yacht Club’s star event

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Gizelle Ghidella

TWENTY-SIX boats are fight­ing it out in Port Dou­glas Yacht Club’s Race Week with rac­ing and so­cial events com­ing to a close this Satur­day.

En­trants have come from all up the coast to en­joy what Port’s wa­ters have to of­fer. One en­trant, the Sap­phire of Lon­don, came from Gee­long.

Among the fa­mil­iar faces out on the wa­ter is club stal­wart Doug Ryan, back up here Div 1: Vo­lare in first place fol­lowed by Yes, 1 point be­hind Div 2: Lady Mys­tique in first place with Ka Pai 1 point be­hind Div 4: Spank moved to the top spot and Kaizen 2 just be­hind by 0.5

rac­ing “Shazam”.

Tues­day’s tech­ni­cal race over the course off Is­land Point of Four Mile Beach, saw per­fect sunny con­di­tions with a breeze of up to 15 knots.

Port Dou­glas Yacht Club sec­re­tary, Robyn Shelly, said the rac­ing all comes down to the weather.

“There’s pas­sage races and tech­ni­cal rac­ing as well.

“They head out to the Low Isles and Snap­per Is­land as well but it’s down to the race di­rec­tor de­pend­ing on con­di­tions, we’re at the mercy of the weather all the time,” Ms Shelly said.

“It”s pre­dicted the winds might come down a bit later on in the comp but we’re hop­ing not, we’ll al­ways make a way of hav­ing fun on the wa­ter any­way,” Ms Shelly said.

Races con­tinue af­ter to­day’s (Thurs­day, May 18) lay day with the fi­nal races on Satur­day fol­lowed by a pre­sen­ta­tion at the Yacht club to crown the win­ner.

Of course, it’s not about win­ning, it’s all about the fun.

“Any of these guys that com­pete along this coast, the prizes aren’t what they’re com­pet­ing for, it’s all about the sail­ing it­self,” said Ms Shelly.

“It’s all about the chal­lenge when you get out on the wa­ter,” she said.

“The Clip­per Cup tro­phy has an in­ter­est­ing his­tory, it orig­i­nated all the way from Hawaii,” said Ms Shelly.

The Clip­per Cup found its way to the Port Dou­glas Yacht Club and the in­au­gu­ral re­gatta held be­tween Cairns and Port, was first held in 1995 which at­tracted 44 en­tries from as far as New Zealand and Pa­pua New Guinea.

Picture: ROBYN SHELLY

Yes, Shazam and Im­pulse in the run up to the north­ern marker on day one

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