Eureka will set sail down south
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.