Holy Cow! first en­try to race week

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

JOHN and Kim Clin­ton are the first en­thu­si­asts to sign up for the 2016 Air­lie Beach Race Week from Au­gust 11–18.

The cou­ple, who own the famed Beneteau Ocea­nis 50, Holy Cow! said, they were very keen on Air­lie Beach Race Week.

“As soon as we knew en­try was open, we were in there,” John Clin­ton said.

Clin­ton, whose sail­ing ex­ploits are slightly over­shad­owed by his dis­tinc­tive beard and mu­si­cal prow­ess with the coun­try blues band, The Wolver­ines, went on to say he was look­ing for­ward to the ca­ma­raderie.

“Sailors come from all over the place, and many we see only once a year,” he said.

“We love catch­ing up with them all.”

Ac­cord­ing to Clin­ton, the Air­lie Beach Race Week race cour­ses are great and you never know what you are go­ing to get weather-wise or course-wise, so “it helps im­prove your trim­ming and sail­ing in gen­eral”.

“And the race man­age­ment is fan­tas­tic. The crew looks for­ward to it ev­ery year, so as usual, we have a wait­ing list,” he said.

Green is the theme aboard “the cow boat”, in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing from their crew clob­ber down to the tea tow­els, soft-toy cows and even the life-jacket for Shona, their dog.

Un­like the usual stripped­out rac­ing ma­chine, Holy Cow typ­i­cally car­ries 750 litres each of fuel and wa­ter, not to men­tion signs of ev­ery­day liv­ing, in­clud­ing the lux­ury of two coffee ma­chines. Clin­ton de­scribes the boat as a “three­bed­room unit on wa­ter”.

“We en­joy the cruis­ing part as much as the rac­ing; it gives us an es­cape,” he said.

With their dis­tinc­tive cow patch head­sail and much mer­ri­ment on board, Holy Cow! and her crew are very pop­u­lar at ma­jor sail­ing events on the east­ern se­aboard.

Adrian Bram, spokesper­son for the 27th edi­tion of Air­lie Beach Race Week, wel­comed them aboard and said plans for the Fes­ti­val of Sail­ing pro­gram were com­ing to­gether nicely – both on and off the wa­ter.

“We will be mak­ing an­nounce­ments in the com­ing weeks, but we will start with a wel­come func­tion, in­clud­ing live en­ter­tain­ment the night pre­ced­ing day one,” he said.

Bram said this year the dates had moved back by one day to ac­com­mo­date en­trants who planned to go on to race at Hamil­ton Is­land, giv­ing com­peti­tors some breath­ing space.

En­try and No­tice of Race are now on­line at www.abrw.com.au/sail­ing/en­tries.

Photo: Di Pear­son

FIRST IN: John, Shona and Kim Clin­ton aboard Holy Cow are the first en­trants in this year’s Air­lie Beach Race Week.

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