World rally calls into Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

MORE than 20 Oys­ter-de­sign cruis­ing boats de­scended on the Whit­sun­days last week as part of a 2013-14 round-the-world rally.

The rally, which cel­e­brates the 40th an­niver­sary for Oys­ter Marine, set out from An­tigua on Sun­day, Jan­uary 6 and will re­turn to the Caribbean in April 2014.

Oys­ter yachts are recog­nised through­out the in­ter­na­tional sail­ing com­mu­nity as qual­ity, per­for­mance boats. The round-the-world rally pro­vides a chance for own­ers to com­plete a cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion as part of a like-minded fleet with ser­vice and tech­ni­cal sup­port.

The rally was or­gan­ised and led by Oys­ter pro­ject man­ager Deb­bie John­son and cus­tomer care man­ager Ed­die Scougall.

While here in the Whit­sun­days, Oys­ter own­ers en­joyed the hos­pi­tal­ity of Hamil­ton Is­land where a small re­gatta was or­gan­ised on Satur­day, start­ing in Dent Pas­sage and fin­ish­ing at White­haven Beach.

Hamil­ton Is­land’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Glenn Bourke said he was hon­oured to host an event for the rally par­tic­i­pants.

“Af­ter set­ting out from An­tigua th­ese pres­ti­gious yachts are close to the half-way point of their 30,000 nau­ti­cal mile world tour that in­cludes stopovers at a num­ber of iconic lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Hamil­ton Is­land,” he said.

“The weather was per­fect for their time here and we wish them safe pas­sage as they sail on to their next des­ti­na­tions.”

WHIT­SUN­DAY STINT: Oys­ter yachts sail­ing off Hamil­ton Is­land as part of their 2013-14 roundthe-world rally. Photo by Hamil­ton Is­land Pho­tog­ra­phy.

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