Air­lie sailor flies boat into town

Mul­ti­hull he­li­coptered to club for 2017 Race Week

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT | ON THE WATER -

A WHIT­SUN­DAY sailor has proven the most en­thu­si­as­tic en­trant in this year’s Air­lie Beach Race Week, lit­er­ally fly­ing his mul­ti­hull across Pi­o­neer Bay.

Sus­pended from a he­li­copter the 26-foot tri­maran, called G’Nome, was an un­usual sight on the Air­lie Beach hori­zon on Tues­day morn­ing when it

— Terry Archer

was dropped in the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s duck pond at about 9.30am.

Boat owner Terry Archer, was de­ter­mined to race at this year’s Fes­ti­val of Sail­ing be­gin­ning on Au­gust 10.

But he needed to have his en­try de­liv­ered by air as road per­mits were tak­ing too long to fi­nalise.

“We had to have it (in the wa­ter) this week so we could get the rig on to it and hope­fully we will be able to take it for a test sail this week­end,” he said.

Mr Archer has sailed in ev­ery Air­lie Beach Race Week since 2002.

“And I wasn’t go­ing to miss this one,” he said.

G’Nome is a new ac­qui­si­tion for Mr Archer whose usual race en­try was dam­aged by Cy­clone Deb­bie.

“The boat was rot­ting in some­one’s back yard. That is where G’Nome comes from, it was the gar­den gnome,” he said.

“We have dug it up and re­struc­tured it.”

Mr Archer said the mast and rig­ging was all ready to be fit­ted to the yacht, now float­ing off the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing club.

The lift from Botan­ica Dr es­tate went smoothly apart from one of the hulls ris­ing up to the float­ing dock to­wards the end of the job.

“It wasn’t ex­actly on the pro­gram but it man­aged to sur­vive,” Mr Archer said.

Mr Archer paid $2200 per hour for the he­li­copter, payable from when the air­craft left Mackay.

“To give you the maths it was prob­a­bly go­ing to be $2500 by the time we got all the per­mits to get it on a truck,” he said.

Mr Archer said he was ex­cited about con­test­ing Air­lie Beach Race Week.

I wasn’t go­ing to miss this one

PHO­TOS: PETER CARRUTHERS

SUC­CESS: Owner of G'Nome Terry Archer cel­e­brates the suc­cess­ful de­liv­ery of the yacht.

FLY­ING: Sus­pended from a he­li­copter the 26-foot tri­maran G’Nome, arced across Pi­o­neer Bay.

AT HOME: G'Nome safe on the wa­ter in front of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

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