Race for Dan Kane
The annual Dan Kane memorial regatta
FOR members of the Whitsunday Sailing Club, Australia Day has a special place in their hearts as it is the day they remember their good friend Dan Kane who passed away on Australia Day six years ago.
Yachts take to Pioneer Bay for an ‘out and back race’ and there’s a myriad of fun prizes, with the ultimate award being the Dan Kane Memorial Trophy.
The recipient of the trophy is pulled from a hat, giving all participants a chance of winning this special prize.
Tuesday began with a downpour, but soon the clouds parted and competitors were facing a very light northwest breeze.
The heavier cruising yachts were soon struggling to make any headway in the still conditions, but with Dan’s father, John, on board, the crew of Twister found their own little breeze line and were soon ahead of the fleet.
After 45 minutes, the radio call was made and all boats turned (or attempted to turn in the very still conditions) for home.
Again, Twister found a line of breeze and was soon crossing the finish line ahead of the other boats.
After an enjoyable sail on the bay, competitors returned to the club to enjoy the Australia Day festivities and watch the Sailability volunteers taking people for a sail in their dinghies while they waited for the award ceremony.
Rear Commodore Offshore Kevin Fogarty presided over the prize giving.
Twister was awarded a bottle of rum for the best start, but then fined a bottle of rum for being “smart alecs”.
Twister also won the sailing furthest award, but was also fined for having divine intervention by having Dan’s father on board.
Riff Raff was awarded a prize for being last and was fined for using their motor.
After a lot of fun the trophy award was held and for the first time, Twister won the honour of being named on the trophy.
In all it was described as a fun sail and a great way to celebrate the memory of Dan Kane. A few merlots – Dan’s favourite drink – were drunk in his honour with his mum and dad and family members who travelled from Sydney to be here for the race.
MEMORIAL REGATTA: Mim Kane, Kevin Fogarty, Dan White, John Kane, Lydia James and Terry Dees holding the trophy.