Ex­plore the coral coast

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

ABELL Point Yacht Club mem­bers are poised and ready for one of the high­lights of their cal­en­dar year – the Coral Coast Rally and Race.

The rally leaves Air­lie Beach for Mag­netic Is­land next Tues­day, June 2 but this year’s race won’t go ahead.

APYC spokesper­son Luke McCaul said a healthy num­ber of ves­sels would be tak­ing part in the 2015 rally “and that is look­ing like it will have a great fleet”.

“The race has been can­celled due to a lack of in­ter­est, how­ever the rally is shap­ing up to be big­ger than the past seven years,” he said.

The event started as the Dent to Dunk Race in 2005 but af­ter Cy­clone Yasi dec­i­mated Dunk Is­land in 2011 it was rein­vented in its cur­rent for­mat as a race and rally to Mag­netic Is­land from 2012.

Par­tic­i­pants sail a to­tal dis­tance of about 130 nau­ti­cal miles, with the rally break­ing this into four legs.

Power boats have been wel­comed to the rally in pre­vi­ous years and with the Abell Point Yacht Club’s broad­en­ing membership now cov­er­ing both power and sail, it is hoped that par­tic­i­pa­tion from this sec­tor will in­crease. Mr McCaul said the com­bi­na­tion of power and sail ves­sels would only add an­other di­men­sion to the event.

This year’s rally be­gins with reg­is­tra­tion and brief­ing at Sor­rento on Mon­day, June 1, with legs to Cape Glouces­ter, Cape Up­start and Cape Bowl­ing Green to fol­low. The fleet will then con­verge on Mag­netic Is­land’s Horse­shoe Bay be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to the Nel­lie Bay ma­rina for the fi­nal ren­dezvous.

En­try costs $120 per rally boat. For more in­for­ma­tion visit the web­site www.apyc.yacht­ing.org.au.

SET­TING SAIL: Boats at the start line of last year's Coral Coast Race. Photo: Sharon Small­wood

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