Warri Cup course is shortened on Sunday
ABELL Point Yacht Club held the annual Warri Cup on Sunday, March 19.
This iconic event, from Pioneer Bay, around Langford Island and back, can be a reach out and a reach back in perfect conditions and is named after the yacht Warri.
It is a memorial race in honour of Chris Taylor.
Chris Taylor and Celia Houghton spent 18 years living and cruising on the boat, which is still in Bowen today although not participating in the race.
This year, however, the weather gods were not kind to participants, with next to no wind and plenty of rain.
For the first time ever, race organisers called for a shortened course just two hours after the start with only a couple of multihulls past Hannah Point.
The race then turned into a stern chase back to the finish line with most boats coming back across Pioneer Bay at less than one knot.
Division 1, multihulls:
1st: Lady K, skipper Gary Hughes
2nd: Quickskips, skipper Peter Millar
Division 2, Monos with spinnaker
1st: Infarrction, skipper Carol Roberts
2nd: Wobbly Boot, skipper Craig Pinconelli
3rd: Dehler Magic, skipper Charlie Preen
Division 3, Monos without spinnaker
1st: QMS skipper, John Galloway
2nd: Upyerkilt, skipper Colin Bell
3rd: Intrigue, skipper John Tanner
All crews and followers met up at Abell Point Yacht Club for the presentations, some fingerfood and refreshments, after the race.
Celia Houghton, who crews on Wobbly Boot, presented the prizes to all winners.
The next event for Abell Point Yacht Club is the annual Coral Coast Rally, which this year is departing Airlie Beach on Sunday May 7 for a leisurely cruise up to Magnetic Island with plenty of fun and activities along the way.
WINNER: The trimaran Quickskips was the winner of the Division 1 Twilight race on Wednesday.