Rum racers brave the rain

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

TWO die-hard skip­pers and their crews braved the weather last Fri­day to take part in the Abell Point Yacht Club’s (APYC) fort­nightly Rum Race.

APYC rear com­modore Tim Os­borne said al­though there were only two boats out on the wa­ter, the evening was still a suc­cess.

“And ev­ery­one who sailed were win­ners,” he said.

“It’s amaz­ing that in such wet and windy con­di­tions, the crews of both boats came ashore with beam­ing smiles and a few good sto­ries of round ups, wind and waves.”

Mr Os­borne said the APYC was ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing sail­ing and hoped not to have to can­cel very many races in the year ahead.

‘We would like the lo­cal sail­ing com­mu­nity to know that if it is pos­si­ble for us to start the race we will,” he said.

“Fur­ther to this we would like to thank Sor­rento's Bar and Restau­rant, and our new spon­sor U.E.S. In­ter­na­tional for their ongo- ing sup­port.”

Mean­while APYC mem­ber Barry Lake has been busy or­gan­is­ing a new cruis­ing cal­en­dar for 2014 with the aim of giv­ing non­rac­ing sailors (both sail and power) a greater in­volve­ment in the club.

Mr Lake said seven cruises in com­pany were planned for the year, rang­ing from re­lax­ing short cruises to Whit­sun­day an­chor­ages, to longer and more ad­ven­tur­ous ones to the outer reef.

“Come and join in to sail in com­pany, make new friends and visit new an­chor­ages with ex­pe­ri­enced cruis­ers,” he said.

The first of the cruises is an ice­breaker to Hook Is­land’s Ma­cona Inlet this com­ing weekend.

This will be fol­lowed by an Easter cruise to Thomas Is­land.

To reg­is­ter in­ter­est and re­ceive a pro­gram of cruises, phone 4948 3798 or email apyc@hot­

FUN SAIL: Jayson Franey, Tim Os­borne, Colin Bell (back), Le­nee Polk­inghorne and Ian and Eileen Bright were among the two crews to fin­ish the Abell Point Yacht Club's Rum Race on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

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