Club congratulates winner
REPRESENTATIVES from the Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) have expressed delight that the winner of the Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week IRC division also took out the inaugural Season of Sailing Cup.
The trophy was introduced as part of Tourism and Events Queensland’s (TEQ) Season of Sailing campaign and sailors had to compete in a number of regattas on the Queensland coast to be in the running to win it.
Sydney-based competitor Flying Cloud (Howard Piggott), was a strong contender in the Airlie Beach regatta in August, fighting daily battles with local boat Tulip (Bernie van’t Hof) and Brilliant Pearl (Gary McCarthy), from Mooloolaba.
In the series results it was Flying Cloud that took the major title before moving onto Audi Hamilton Island Race Week and the Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week. It was overall performance in all of these regattas that scored Flying Cloud the inaugural trophy win.
WSC sailing development officer Tim Parker commended the crew of Flying Cloud and said it was an honour for the club to be a part of TEQ’s Season of Sailing campaign.
“Our regatta is the largest keelboat regatta off Queensland’s mainland attracting over 100 yachts and 800 people each year,” he said.
“It is a huge sailing event and a great asset to the sailing club and the Whitsunday region.
“We congratulate Flying Cloud for being a part [of the regatta] and the overall winner of the prestigious Season of Sailing Cup.”
CLOSE BATTLES: The Sydney-based Beneteau First 40 Flying Cloud (right) fought daily battles with local boat Tulip (left) at this year's Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week. Flying Cloud went on to win the inaugural Season of Sailing cup after also competing at Hamilton Island and Magnetic Island race weeks. Photo by Shirley Wodson.