Yachties rally to maintain Race Week
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.”
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GOOD TIMES: One passenger aboard Silent Night during its run.
SETTING SAIL: Airlie Beach Race Week 2017 will still go ahead despite Cyclone Debbie.
CLOSE CALL: Scallywag and Wild Oats in the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.