Warri Cup course is short­ened on Sunday

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

Re­sults

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.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

WIN­NER: The tri­maran Quick­skips was the win­ner of the Di­vi­sion 1 Twi­light race on Wednesday.

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