Boat ban­ter on coral coast

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

TWENTY boats par­tic­i­pated in the Abell Point Yacht Club’s Coral Coast Rally for 2015, sail­ing from Air­lie Beach to Mag­netic Is­land last week.

Par­tic­i­pants ranged from rac­ing yachts through to cruis­ing yachts, mo­tor-sail­ers and power boats.

Weather con­di­tions were good and the rally par­tic­i­pants man­aged four days of mod­er­ate to light down­wind sail­ing.

Kites and poled-out head­sails were the or­der of the day.

The ban­ter be­tween the boats in­cluded dis­cus­sion about the op­ti­mum num­ber of hulls (one or two), best sail con­fig­u­ra­tion and size of fish caught (mostly dreams).

Overnight stops were staged at Glouces­ter Re­sort, Cape Up­start, Cape Bowl­ing Green and Horse­shoe Bay. So­cial gath­er­ings at each stop pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity for the crews to get to know each other. The Rally fin­ished with a spe­cial Stage Door Din­ner Theatre on Fri­day evening. Satur­day was the pre­sen­ta­tion evening at Pep­pers at Nelly Bay Ma­rina.

Points for each ves­sel were awarded and de­tracted at the dis­cre­tion of the rally com­mit­tee, based on sail­ing and non­sail­ing cri­te­ria.

Mea­sures in­cluded fin­ish­ing within spe­cific time frames, best jokes and best cos­tumes.

The over­all rally win­ner was the well de­serv­ing team from Serene Dream with a close sec­ond place by Spirit Chaser and Lit­tle One in third.

The Abell Point Yacht Club (APYC) still has on its cal­en­dar for 2015 the much an­tic­i­pated “White on White” din­ner at White­haven Beach and a cruise to Knuckle Reef.

To be part of the fun con­tact APYC by email to abell­pointyc@gmail.com.

SUN­DOWN­ERS: Boat­ies on the Coral Coast Rally en­joyed get­ting to­gether along the way.

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