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