Airlie sailor flies boat into town
Multihull helicoptered to club for 2017 Race Week
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
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.