Eureka will set sail down south

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

FRESH from com­pet­ing in Air­lie Beach Race Week, direc­tor of per­form­ing rac­ing yacht Eureka II Syd­ney 60 Mal Robert­son pre­pares for his next ad­ven­ture down south.

Eureka II has re­cently un­der­gone a mas­sive re­fit in Mackay Ship­yard in prepa­ra­tion for the 70th Syd­ney-Ho­bart yacht race in De­cem­ber this year.

This will be Mr Robert­son’s first time com­pet­ing in the chal­leng­ing race since 2004.

Mr Robert­son said he was go­ing to use Air­lie Beach Race Week as a “shape down” for Eureka II and a chance to test new equip­ment and fine-tune his prized pos­ses­sion.

Mr Robert­son sails with lo­cal yachtie Shan­non Hart, who he com­pleted his last Syd­ney-Ho­bart race with in 2004 where they ex­pe­ri­enced winds from 50-60 knots.

They plan to set sail for Syd­ney in late Oc­to­ber where they will per­form some off­shore rac­ing in the in prepa­ra­tion for the vig­or­ous race.

Eureka II is spon­sored by the Manly Yacht Club who agreed to as­sist with the fi­nan­cial side of pre­par­ing the boat to meet the stan­dards of the Syd­ney-Ho­bart cri­e­tria.

He refers to the race as the “av­er­age sailors Mount Ever­est” and said he couldn’t do it if it wasn’t for lo­cal sup­pli­ers and trades he used to re­fit the boat.

He would like to thank Whit­sun­day Ocean Ser­vices, All Ma­rine Ser­vices, Whit­sun­day Sail Loft, Air­lie Elec­tron­ics, Whit­sun­day Ma­rine Elec­tron­ics, Mar­lin Ma­rine, Home Hard­ware and Nau­ti­care (Mackay) for their on­go­ing sup­port.

Mr Robert­son looks for­ward to rep­re­sent­ing his re­gion in the Syd­ney-Ho­bart later this year.

“I think it’s ev­ery home­town boy’s dream to rep­re­sent your home town in some pre­miere off shore rac­ing re­gat­tas,” he said.

He would like to get a logo that re­flects Air­lie Beach and the Whit­sun­days on his brand new main sail and head sail.

Any­one who is in­ter­ested in spon­ser­ship can con­tact Mal on 0427 076 400.

SYD­NEY IN SIGHTS: Mal Robert­son is keen to show off his re­fit of Eureka II in the Syd­neyHo­bart yacht race this De­cem­ber.

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