Rum racers brave the rain
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 email@example.com.
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.