Mul­ti­hull Ren­dezvous ‘out­stand­ing suc­cess’

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THE fourth an­nual Mul­ti­hull So­lu­tions Whit­sun­day Ren­dezvous from Septem­ber 1-7, has been la­belled “an over­whelm­ing suc­cess” with an en­thu­si­as­tic con­tin­gent of boats and their crews tak­ing part.

Per­fect spring weather greeted the par­tic­i­pants who were treated to the best of the Whit­sun­days in­clud­ing breathtaking dis­plays by frol­ick­ing whales and their calves.

This year’s Ren­dezvous wel­come and brief­ing func­tion was held at the Co­ral Sea Re­sort in Air­lie Beach, where par­tic­i­pants quickly be­came ac­quainted over sun­set canapés and drinks. Ea­ger to em­bark on their ex­pe­ri­ence, the crews set off on day two to glit­ter­ing calm wa­ters and a gen­tle 10 knots of breeze.

Day three en­com­passed a speedy sail from Ma­cona In­let on Hook Is­land to Cid Har­bour on the west coast of Whit­sun­day Is­land, where par­tic­i­pants en­joyed a re­laxed lunch be­fore con­tin­u­ing onto Hamil­ton Is­land. That evening was de­scribed as one of the high­lights of the event, with a party on the Keel Deck at the Hamil­ton Is­land Yacht Club.

With the group slow to get started the fol­low­ing morn­ing, a re­laxed agenda was set and the fleet cruised to beau­ti­ful White­haven Beach. A re-en­er­gis­ing walk up Hill In­let from Betty’s Beach got ev­ery­one in the mood for the evening’s fa­mous prawn and punch party and fig­ure­head com­pe­ti­tion, which con­tinue to be among the most mem­o­rable com­po­nents of each year’s Ren­dezvous.

Next was a great sail south to Plan­ta­tion Bay on Lin­de­man Is­land where a host of hi­lar­i­ous beach games were con­tested, fu­elled by more sun­set nib­bles and drinks.

The fi­nal day of the Ren­dezvous started on a re­lax­ing note be­fore the fleet even­tu­ally set sail for Happy Bay on Long Is­land for the crazy hat-themed pre­sen­ta­tion din­ner.

Com­pe­ti­tion was tough but the crew of Blue Spirit, a Lightwave 45, took out the hon­ours with their ex­trav­a­gant home-made de­signs, and were awarded an ac­com­mo­da­tion voucher from the Cape Glouces­ter Eco Re­sort.

The over­all win­ners of the event, de­cided on for the best dis­plays of fun, ef­fort and par­tic­i­pa­tion through­out the week, were the crew of the Seawind 1160, Phase 2.

Funds were also raised dur­ing the Ren­dezvous for Mul­ti­hull So­lu­tions’ pre­ferred char­ity ‘Ocean­sWatch’ that is com­mit­ted to pre­serv­ing the world’s wa­ter­ways.

There were long faces all round as the Ren­dezvous fin­ished but solid plans were al­ready be­ing made for the 2015 event.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.mul­ti­hull­so­lu­tions.com.au/events/2014-whit­sun­day-ren­dezvous.

SERENE: An en­thu­si­as­tic con­tin­gent of boats and their crews took part in the 2014 Mul­ti­hull So­lu­tions Whit­sun­day Ren­dezvous last month, which has been her­alded an out­stand­ing suc­cess.

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