Clipper crews wel­come vis­i­tors on­board yachts

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Clipper fleet threw open its hatches to the pub­lic at the week­end.

Scores of lo­cal peo­ple and vis­i­tors took ad­van­tage of the chance to tour the 12 ocean­go­ing race yachts.

Crews were also on hand to field any ques­tions about the race or any of the high-tech equip­ment the yachts were equipped with.

Abell Point Yacht Club com­modore Colin Bell was on the pon­toon at the ma­rina es­cort­ing the pub­lic on and off the boats.

He said he was im­pressed by the yachts and re­marked they were not built for com­fort

“They are pretty spar­tan but very func­tional,” he said.

“They are tough and func­tional but they have to be to get where they are go­ing.”

Af­ter see­ing the size of the liv­ing area, bunk space and gal­ley, he joked: “You wouldn’t want to be claus­tro­pho­bic.”

Mr Bell said the crews were friendly and very help­ful when ques­tioned about the yachts.

“They love Air­lie Beach, I think,” he said.

OPEN FOR IN­SPEC­TION: Com­modore of the Whit­sun­day Yacht Club Colin Bell tests out the main­sail winch.

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