Race Week runs flat tack
Yachties whoop it up at Yacht Club’s star event
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
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.
Yes, Shazam and Impulse in the run up to the northern marker on day one