Successful start to a regular rum race
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.