Warri Cup makes come­back to Abell Point Ma­rina on week­end

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THE Warri Cup is back on the line this week­end, with the boats to do bat­tle on Sun­day.

Hosted by the Abell Point Yacht Club, the cup is now up for grabs for the 16th time in its his­tory.

Boat­ies will tackle a 30 nau­ti­cal mile course from the Abell Point Ma­rina, out around Lang­ford Reef and back again.

Race or­gan­iser Christophe Vanek said they were ex­pect- ing about 20 en­tries.

“It’s an an­nual re­gatta but it’s not like a big cham­pi­onship, so any­body is wel­come,” he said.

With a rac­ing divi­sion and a cruis­ing divi­sion, Mr Vanek said they were able to pro­vide a top day on the wa­ter for all boat­ies.

“It’s open to ev­ery­body; you’ve got multi-hulls, a few cruis­ing yachts, a bit of ev­ery­thing,” he said.

“It’s usu­ally a nice, broad race there and back, so it’s quite easy to do and we usu­ally have very good tim­ing from the multi-hulls.”

For the past 15 years, the race has been run by putting the is­lands to the port side, but things are get­ting a bit of a shake-up in 2016 with the race com­mit­tee rec­om­mend­ing boat­ies put the is­lands to the star­board side.

Mr Vanek said spectators were wel­come to come down and have a look at the ac­tion.

“Any­body is wel­come to come down to the wa­ter­front at the Abell Point Ma­rina to watch the boats as they start,” he said.

The race be­gins at 11am with the award cer­e­mony set for 5.30pm at the yacht club.

To nom­i­nate for the race visit http://www.abell­pointyc.com.au/events/the-war­ricup-race/.

THE PRIZE: The Warri Cup hon­our board will be on the line this week­end.

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