Great turn out for Fun Race

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THE 52ft yacht Fran­tic was the over­all win­ner in Satur­day’s Great Whit­sun­day Fun Race which at­tracted about 80 boats.

Se­ri­ous rac­ers and ca­sual cruis­ers all took part in this fun filled af­ter­noon with boats in 10 dif­fer­ent di­vi­sions all decked out in fancy dress to en­joy the glo­ri­ous weather.

Fran­tic was skip­pered by Melbourne-based skip­per John Woodruff who guided a large crew of friends and fam­ily home first.

The best-dressed prize went to lo­cal boat Riff Raff with all its crew decked out in cow­boy theme, in­clud­ing mock horses and cows.

It was a big week for Riff Raff as they were the only lo­cal boat to come first place in their di­vi­sion in the an­nual Air­lie Beach Race Week which fin­ished on Fri­day.

In Satur­day’s fun race, the award for best-dressed crew went to the pi­rates from lo­cal boat Twister.

New Ro­mancer from Barcelona won the award for the trav­el­ling the fur­thest to take part.

In di­vi­sion 1B, Con­dor fin­ished first, in 2A Thy­lacine took the hon­ours and in 2B Trea­sure 8 was the first home.

Boats un­der 30ft com­peted in di­vi­sion 3 with Run, Run, Run from Melbourne win­ning 3A and the Paul Mitchell-skip­pered Here's Trou­ble win­ning 3B.

Wild Thing won the non-spin­naker mul­ti­hull di­vi­sion while Mal­ice from Port Dou­glas won the mul­ti­hulls with spin­nakers.

The tall ship di­vi­sion was taken out by Ka­mala from Rus­sell Is­land and the small­est boat award was the Greg Ham­mon skip­pered Quan­tum Leap.

WIN­NERS: 52ft yacht Fran­tic was the over­all win­ner of the an­nual fun race held in Pi­o­neer Bay the day af­ter Air­lie Beach Race Week wrapped up.

PI­RATES ON THE HIGH SEAS: Bourke McCar­ron and Roslyn Booth had fun on Joshua C dur­ing the Great Whit­sun­day Fun Race.

WILD WEST: The cow­boys and in­di­ans on­board Riff Raff took out the prize for the best dressed crew in the 2013 fun race.

SEE­ING RED: Wild Thing's crew were all decked out in red as they sailed in Pi­o­neer Bay on Satur­day with more than 80 other boats.

FUN IN THE SUN: The crew of Bri­tish Defender had a great time out on the wa­ter dur­ing the 36th an­nual Great Whit­sun­day Fun Race.

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