Coral Coast Rally pow­er­ing ahead

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER SPORT -

IT’S that time of the year where the long-awaited an­nual Coral Coast Rally hosted by the Abell Point Yacht Club is set to take place yet again.

While Cy­clone Deb­bie caused a mi­nor de­lay to the iconic event, it is now sched­uled to take place be­tween June 3–9.

Reg­u­lar com­peti­tors still in the process of hav­ing their ves­sels re­paired are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate by means of crew­ing on a mate’s boat.

The event will take sailors through to Cape Glouces­ter Re­sort, mark­ing the first event to take place at the venue since Cy­clone Deb­bie hit the coast.

Quad­rant Marine co-owner Ker­rie Bell said this would send a strong mes­sage of sup­port for Cape Glouces­ter as it gets back on its feet.

“We want to help sup­port Julie (Hous­ton) and her staff cel­e­brate be­ing back in busi­ness as Julie has been a great sup­porter of APYC and the Rally for many years,” she said.

The ac­tion-packed week will in­clude a stop over to be held on each night.

Sailors on all ves­sels are wel­come to par­tic­i­pate whether they are us­ing pow­ered or sail boats.

Pre­vi­ous years have shown that the “big trip” in­spires wide­spread en­thu­si­asm from both old and new sailors.

The Coral Coast Rally will also take par­tic­i­pants out to Mag­netic Is­land which will host an Ambrose style golf day, a night at Stage Door live theatre, a pre­sen­ta­tion and games night and a myr­iad of other ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Any in­ter­ested peo­ple are en­cour­aged to join and bring along their friends for the Coral Coast Rally of a life­time.

To ex­press in­ter­est or for an­swers to any ques­tions peo­ple are en­cour­aged to con­tact Colin or Ker­rie Bell from Quad­rant Marine on 0414 275 617 or call Char­lie Preen on 0408 182 822.

PHOTO: SHARON SMALLWOOD

READY, SET, GO: The Coral Coast Rally is set to kick off in June.

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