Rac­ing for cup on Hamo

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

A TO­TAL of 11 boats headed to Hamil­ton Is­land last weekend to com­pete in the Hamil­ton Is­land Cup.

The two day re­gatta, run by the Hamil­ton Is­land Cruis­ing Yacht Club (HICYC), was hailed a great suc­cess.

HICYC vice com­modore Barney Thomas said about 300 people took part in the shore­side cel­e­bra­tions on Satur­day night.

“And the weather came good and ev­ery­one was in good spir­its,” he said.

Mr Thomas said the re­gatta con­sisted of two wind­ward-lee­ward races off Cat­s­eye Beach on Satur­day and a race around Hen­ning Is­land on Sun­day.

The fleet was di­vided into two di­vi­sions, with Air­lie Beach-based boats do­ing well in both.

In Di­vi­sion 1, Ris­ing Farrst raced con­sis­tently well over the two days, beat­ing the tricky tides and scor­ing a de­serv­ing win.

In Di­vi­sion 2 it was Kameruka who took out the top spot.

Mr Thomas praised race of­fi­cer Tim Parker for set­ting chal­leng­ing yet en­joy­able cour­ses.

Over­all, he de­scribed the re­gatta as “a lot of fun”.

“It was just an awe­some turnout and an ex­cel­lent vibe,” he said.

Mr Thomas said the yacht club in­tended to run the re­gatta as an an­nual event with plans to make it big­ger and bet­ter next year.

Mean­while, Ris­ing Farrst owner and Abell Point Yacht Club (APYC) rear com­modore Tim Os­borne thanked the HICYC, his crew and all the spon­sors, for mak­ing this year’s Hamil­ton Is­land Cup a great event.

Next on the lo­cal sail­ing cal­en­dar is an APYC rum race this Fri­day, with par­tic­i­pants asked to gather at Sor­rento Bar and Restau­rant from 3pm.

NUM­BER ONE: The Ris­ing Farrst crew Dan Townsend, Steve Chen­gody, Les Reumer, Tim Os­borne, Leree Polk­ing­ton, Jayson Franey and Amy Chilman, cel­e­brat­ing their win at the Hamil­ton Is­land Cup.

IS­LAND FUN: Di­vi­sion 2 win­ners of the Hami­ton Is­land Cup were Paul Skin­ner, Bob and Mark Beale and Steve Marks from Kameruka.

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