SUNDOWNERS: Boaties on the Coral Coast Rally enjoyed getting together along the way.
SUNDOWNERS: Boaties on the Coral Coast Rally enjoyed getting together along the way.

Boat banter on coral coast

TWENTY boats participated in the Abell Point Yacht Club's Coral Coast Rally for 2015, sailing from Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island last week.

Participants ranged from racing yachts through to cruising yachts, motor-sailers and power boats.

Weather conditions were good and the rally participants managed four days of moderate to light downwind sailing.

Kites and poled-out headsails were the order of the day.

The banter between the boats included discussion about the optimum number of hulls (one or two), best sail configuration and size of fish caught (mostly dreams).

Overnight stops were staged at Gloucester Resort, Cape Upstart, Cape Bowling Green and Horseshoe Bay. Social gatherings at each stop provided the opportunity for the crews to get to know each other. The Rally finished with a special Stage Door Dinner Theatre on Friday evening. Saturday was the presentation evening at Peppers at Nelly Bay Marina.

Points for each vessel were awarded and detracted at the discretion of the rally committee, based on sailing and non-sailing criteria.

Measures included finishing within specific time frames, best jokes and best costumes.

The overall rally winner was the well deserving team from Serene Dream with a close second place by Spirit Chaser and Little One in third.

The Abell Point Yacht Club (APYC) still has on its calendar for 2015 the much anticipated "White on White" dinner at Whitehaven Beach and a cruise to Knuckle Reef.

To be part of the fun contact APYC by email to abellpointyc@gmail.com.


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