Racing for Dan Kane on Australia Day

WINNING SMILE: Dan Kane Memorial Trophy winner Dan Townsend.
WINNING SMILE: Dan Kane Memorial Trophy winner Dan Townsend.

SEVEN competitors including one multihull and one off-beach boat, braved Saturday's 15-20-knot northerly winds to take part in the Dan Kane Memorial Race.

Whitsunday Sailing Club commodore Rob Davis said fleet numbers were down "probably because of the brisk conditions" and also because of the terrible weather on the previous two days, when the club lost three of its boats.

"We express our commiserations to all the people suffering from loss or damage to their vessels and sincerely hope that those who are able to, can get back out on the water as soon as they can," Davis said.

Nonetheless, while the Montes Race was cancelled, the Dan Kane Memorial Race went ahead.

"The contestants enjoyed the day and all of them joined in the continuing [Australia Day] festivities back at the club," Davis said.

According to Davis, the race was "what they call a stern chaser".

"It means everybody starts together with a course to head out to. All the boats race out and obviously the faster boats get ahead. Then a radio signal is given for everyone to turn around and whoever gets to the finish-line first, wins," he said. Junior sailor Dan Townsend was the overall winner of the race, aboard his off-beach laser. He was closely followed by the Dan White-skippered Riff Raff (second) and Peter Millar-skippered Quick Skips (third). The best-dressed boat award was given to the Craig Piccinelli-skippered Wobbly Boot.

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