Clipper crews welcome visitors onboard yachts
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.