Rac­ing for rum in the rain

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

A FEW die-hard sailors from the Abell Point Yacht Club (APYC) braved Fri­day’s wet weather to sail in the club’s fort­nightly Rum Race.

Ever op­ti­mistic, APYC rear com­modore Tim Os­borne thanked the three boats and crew who turned out for the race, say­ing this was an im­prove­ment by 50 per cent on num­bers for the pre­vi­ous event.

“Again the weather was a lit­tle in­clement, but ev­ery one who sailed had a great time, al­though they were a lit­tle wet on re­turn­ing to Sor­rento’s for the pre­sen­ta­tion,” he said.

First in the cruis­ing di­vi­sion was Up Your Kilt, skip­pered by Colin Bell. In the rac­ing di­vi­sion it was APYC com­modore Damian Suck­ling who claimed the prize on An­other

Fi­asco.

Mr Os­borne re-it­er­ated that rain or shine, if it was pos­si­ble to start a sched­uled race, the club would cer­tainly en­dea- vour to do so.

“Rain or no rain - af­ter all we are not made of su­gar,” he said.

Mr Os­borne said the APYC was ap­peal­ing to any yacht own­ers, rac­ing or cruis­ing, to come out on the wa­ter ev­ery sec­ond Fri­day, for what was a great twi­light race with the op­tion to fly kites.

Af­ter the race, par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged to meet for pre­sen­ta­tions at Sor­rento Bar and Restau­rant for what Mr Os­borne de­scribed as “a so­cial get-to­gether with live mu­sic, good vibes and a few good raf­fle prizes”.

The next race will be held on Fri­day, April 4, with par­tic­i­pants and crew asked to head to Sor­rento’s at about 3pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion phone Tim Os­borne on 0437 252 702 or email apyc@hot­mail.com.

RUM RACE: Crew from An­other Fi­asco and Ris­ing Farrst Andrew Wood, Jayson Franey, Fiona Broad­bent, Garry Brown, Ly­dia Jones, Les Reumer, Tim Os­borne and Damian Suck­ling fin­ished off a very wet af­ter­noon of sail­ing at Sor­rento's on Fri­day night.

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