Yachties rally to main­tain Race Week

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since been used as a two night sail­ing ad­ven­ture across the Whit­sun­days through both Whit­sun­day Marine Academy and Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Ad­ven­tures. In the last 18 months it had also un­der­gone around $80,000 in re­fit­ting works.

“I’ve had a lot of good times on that boat. I’ve done thou­sands and thou­sands of miles on it. The kids were at me ‘when are we go­ing back out on the boat’. They’ve done a lot of sails on there,” Mr MacIn­tyre said.

While Mr MacIn­tyre said his home and fam­ily, in­clud­ing wife Ju­dith, daugh­ter Ava and son Micah, got through the cy­clone okay, there was noth­ing that could have been done to pre­vent the sink­ing.

“It’s like every cy­clone. Ev­ery­thing’s dou­ble lashed down to the ma­rina and you do as much as you pos­si­bly can. She went through Ului no prob­lem, “he said.

“My crew have been great and un­for­tu­nately they’re out of a job now. Hope­fully they’ll find work.

“I’ve been through a few (cy­clones) and that’s by far the worst one. It was the length of it. To me it’s like you could sur­vive one punch from Mike Tyson but you couldn’t sur­vive 20. It just kept punch­ing and punch­ing. That’s why the dam­age is as much as what it is.”

Mr MacIn­tyre ad­mits he doesn’t know what he will do now but says he is op­ti­mistic the whole town can get back on its feet.

“At the end of the day it’s a ter­ri­ble thing what’s hap­pened (but) the town’s re­silient, ev­ery­one will bounce back,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one’s been pos­i­tive and help­ing each other. The com­mu­nity has been great.” HAMILTON Is­land Race Week is go­ing ahead de­spite the dev­as­ta­tion caused by TC Deb­bie.

Or­gan­is­ers, the Oat­ley fam­ily, have con­firmed that de­spite the Whit­sun­day Is­lands re­gion be­ing hard hit two weeks ago, the Audi Hamilton Is­land Race Week 2017 will pro­ceed on Au­gust 19-26 as sched­uled.

“We are plan­ning to make this year’s Race Week big­ger and bet­ter than ever,” said Hamilton Is­land’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Olympic and world cham­pion sailor Glenn Bourke, speak­ing on be­half of the Oat­leys.

“We want to demon­strate our thanks to the many yachties who of­fered to come to the is­land and as­sist with our re­cov­ery ef­fort, and those who have al­ready shown their sup­port via mes­sages of en­cour­age­ment or by lodg­ing their en­try for Race Week since Deb­bie struck,” Bourke said.

“There is a unique bond be­tween our loyal Audi Hamilton Is­land Race Week com­peti­tors, and this year we are hop­ing they will be with us in greater num­bers than ever so we can show the world how re­silient we are.

“Race Week will also pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery­one to see what a su­perb job our staff has done get­ting the is­land back to be­ing op­er­a­tional.”

Nearly 80 nom­i­na­tions have been re­ceived.

PHOTO: FACE­BOOK

GOOD TIMES: One pas­sen­ger aboard Silent Night dur­ing its run.

SET­TING SAIL: Air­lie Beach Race Week 2017 will still go ahead de­spite Cy­clone Deb­bie.

PHOTO: AN­DREA FRANCOLINI

CLOSE CALL: Scal­ly­wag and Wild Oats in the Audi Hamilton Is­land Race Week.

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