World rally calls into Whitsundays
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.