Trailer sailors enjoy the first Troppo Cup
TRAILER sailors from Airlie Beach and as far south as Sarina and Mackay travelled to Bowen last weekend for the inaugural Troppo Cup.
North Queensland Cruising Yacht Club commodore Ray Travers-Jones said the event was a complete success and “much better than we expected”.
“The feedback was very good – everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and they all said they’re coming back next year,” he said.
In all, 10 trailable boats took part in the event, comprising six from Bowen, two from Airlie, one from Sarina and one from Mackay.
Travers-Jones said Airlie Beach sailors also travelled north to sail aboard a Bowen-based boat.
The two Airlie Beach boats participating were Breakaway (Rob Davis) and Lorna Rose Too (Pete Mitchelson), both competing in Division 1. Breakaway came second overall, with Lorna Rose Too taking fifth place.
Racing took place over Saturday and Sunday, with the full gamut of conditions experienced over the weekend.
“Saturday was about 20 knots – a good breeze to sail in but the seas were a bit stirred up,” Travers-Jones said.
“And Sunday was the complete opposite – we had to actually delay the race to wait for the wind to come in.”
Travers-Jones said the last race of the Troppo Cup took place in a perfect 10-knot breeze and was “just real good, close racing”.
He thanked all those who “made it all happen perfectly” including Whitsunday Sailing Club acting president Jim Hayes who volunteered his time as one of the race officials.
GOING TROPPO: Pete Mitchelson (WSC), Troppo Cup chairman Bruce Shanks, Jimmy Hayes (WSC), NQCYC secretary Bryan Tait and Rob Davis (WSC) at the presentation of the Troppo Cup.