Rally crews back in home wa­ters

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

CREWS par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Coral Coast Rally made their way into home wa­ters yes­ter­day af­ter a whirl­wind tour of the Coral Coast.

Crews de­parted the Abell Point Ma­rina on Sun­day May 8 be­fore lay­ing an­chor at Cape Glouces­ter where they had some fun dress­ing up at the Cape Glouces­ter Re­sort.

On Mon­day the yachts and two mo­tor boats made their way 60km north to Cape Up­start where they en­joyed a wine and cheese night on the beach.

Abell Point Ma­rina Yacht Club com­modore Colin Bell was skip­per­ing his 36 foot yacht, Upy­erk­ilt, and said the next day the fleet headed to Cape Bowl­ing Green where they played bocce on the beach.

With re­ports of a southerly change com­ing, the ma­jor­ity of the fleet left Cape Bowl­ing Green in the early hours of the morn­ing.

On the way to Horse­shoe Bay on Mag­netic Is­land the yachts were hit by 30 knot winds and those not de­part­ing early were stuck in the sand at Cape Bowl­ing Green for 24 hours.

The fleet stayed for two nights at Horse­shoe Bay and on Thurs­day night ev­ery­one was bussed to the Stage Door The­atre restau­rant for a comedy show.

“It was a fan­tas­tic night, ev­ery­one en­joyed it,” Mr Bell said.

On Fri­day the crews headed to Nel­lie Bay Ma­rina on the south side of Mag­netic Is­land and ev­ery­one was bussed to the Pic­nic Bay Ho­tel for din­ner.

Mr Bell said while all the boats were moored lo­cally, their crews came from all across Aus­tralia to take part in the rally.

“This year we’ve got a cou­ple that own a char­ter boat in Air­lie Beach; they’ve come from as far away as Syd­ney,” he said.

“We’ve got another cou­ple from Bal­larat who keep their boat in Air­lie.

“A lot of peo­ple use it as a kick-off leg if they’re cruis­ing fur­ther north dur­ing the sea- son.”

Those boats that don’t con­tinue north made their way back into the fa­mil­iar wa­ters of Pioneer Bay yes­ter­day.

Mr Bell said the high­light of the voy­age was the Mag­netic Is­land Olympics and he was sure ev­ery­one would be back next year.

"It's re­ally just a whole bunch of peo­ple with like in- ter­ests who go away to have a bit of fun and a bit of so­cial­is­ing on the beach in the evening,” he said.

CORAL COAST SAIL: Yachts tak­ing part in the Coral Coast Rally on their way to Mag­netic Is­land.

CORAL COAST: Coral Coast Rally sailors on the beach at Cape Bowl­ing Green.

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