Race for Dan Kane

The an­nual Dan Kane me­mo­rial re­gatta

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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