Trailer sailors en­joy the first Troppo Cup

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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