Club con­grat­u­lates win­ner

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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