Mul­ti­hull ren­dezvous a great suc­cess

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THE wa­ters of the Whit­sun­days are still again as the 2013 Mul­ti­hull So­lu­tions Whit­sun­day Ren­dezvous has drawn to a close.

This year’s event was an over­whelm­ing suc­cess with 15 mul­ti­hulls and their crew en­joy­ing a week of ca­sual sail­ing events, fan­tas­tic so­cial events and idyl­lic re­lax­ation.

The over­all win­ner of the Ren­dezvous was the crew of the Mahe 36 Re­flex­ion, who took home two nights ac­com­mo­da­tion on Hamil­ton Is­land, while Kuringai 2, a Bahia 46, won the lift, wa­ter blast and three days hard­stand pro­vided by the Boat Works based on the Gold Coast.

Strong winds forced a change in plans to sail to Cape Glouces­ter Eco Re­sort on the open­ing day and many crews opted to trans­fer via buses in­stead for the fa­mous pi­rates and wenches party. Per­sis­tent winds con- tin­ued on the next day of rac­ing and the an­nual Mul­ti­hull So­lu­tions prawn and punch party was re­lo­cated from White­haven Beach to the shel­ter of Cid Har­bour.

The fol­low­ing morn­ing, seven brave en­trants tack­led Whit­sun­day Peak with Rachel Haynes and de­spite gru­elling rain­for­est ter­rain they were re­warded for their ef­forts by spec­tac­u­lar views across the is­lands.

The group then cruised to the idyl­lic Nara In­let where the ever-pop­u­lar fig­ure­head com­pe­ti­tion was con­ducted.

The fi­nal day saw the group re­luc­tantly sail back to civil­i­sa­tion for the pre­sen­ta­tion evening on Hamil­ton Is­land.

Once all boats were safely moored, the en­trants gath­ered on the spec­tac­u­lar Bom­mie Deck of Hamil­ton Is­land Yacht Club for sun­set drinks.

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