Suc­cess­ful start to a reg­u­lar rum race

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THE Abell Point Yacht Club’s (APYC) fort­nightly rum race se­ries is up and run­ning for 2014, with the first of the year’s events held last Fri­day night.

APYC com­modore Damian Suck­ling said four rac­ing and two cruis­ing yachts turned out for the race, which he de­scribed as an en­cour­ag­ing start.

The race was held in 15-18 knots of breeze from the south­east, with the day’s ear­lier rain clear­ing nicely for a pleas­ant late af­ter­noon sail.

“It was ac­tu­ally per­fect con­di­tions to be hon­est,” Mr Suck­ling said.

Com­peti­tors took off on a four-nau­ti­cal-mile ‘L-shaped’ course from Abell Point Ma­rina to a buoy near Dou­ble Cone Is­land and an­other mark near Man­dalay Point, be­fore head­ing back to the Cones and even­tu­ally home.

A bot­tle of rum was at stake for the rac­ing fleet with a bot- tle of red wine up for grabs for the cruis­ing boats.

Mr Suck­ling said two of the com­peti­tors flew spin­nakers, while for the rest “it was pretty cruisey”.

“We had lots of people com­ing back to Sor­rento’s af­ter the race and in gen­eral the feed­back was good,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one was re­ally happy that it’s started again and re­ally pos­i­tive about it. We got more people than we ex­pected so that was good too but ob­vi­ously we want more.”

Mr Suck­ling said the next rum race would be held on Fri­day March 7 at 4.30pm and was open for any­one and ev­ery­one to en­joy.

“It’s ca­sual – it’s not all about rac­ing, it’s about just com­ing out, hav­ing a re­ally good time and en­joy­ing the at­mos­phere,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact APYC rear com­modore Tim Os­borne on 0437 252 702.

YACHT RACE: Abell Point Yacht Club com­modore Damian Suck­ling with win­ner of the rac­ing di­vi­sion Peter Mil­lar from Quick­skips and cruis­ing di­vi­sion win­ners Colin Bell and Rob McLaren from Upy­erk­ilt. They were two of the seven boats com­pet­ing in the Abell Point Yacht Club's Rum Race on Fri­day.

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