FUN IN THE SUN: Whitsunday sailing vessel Tongarra was a stand-out entry in a previous Great Whitsunday Fun Race.
FUN IN THE SUN: Whitsunday sailing vessel Tongarra was a stand-out entry in a previous Great Whitsunday Fun Race.

Call out to boaties for annual Fun Race

WITH a new date now set for the Great Whitsunday Fun Race on Saturday, September 13, the Whitsunday Sailing Club is throwing down the gauntlet to all boat owners in the region to take part in the historic event.

The race, which originated in 1976 as a private duel between Airlie pioneers Alan Southwood and Bob Porter, has become somewhat of a Whitsunday tradition over the years.

As its name suggests it is less of a serious race and more about having fun and enjoying being out on the Whitsunday water.

Competitors typically follow an 'out and back' course across Pioneer Bay, with the winner securing the most useless trophy in the sailing world - an empty bottle of rum.

One of the most popular elements of the race is the chance for competitors to dress up their boats and crews.

There are prizes for the best dressed boat and crew and this year a teams trophy is up for grabs for teams of three yachts.

The Great Whitsunday Fun Race Miss Figurehead and Mr Six-Pack competitions have also become legendary over the years.

For the 2014 Fun Race, a special invitation has been extended to members of the locally associated Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club, many of whom will still be in the area following last weekend's successful rendezvous.

The Whitsunday Sailing Club has promised that if enough SICYC members enter the race, there will be a special SICYC division.

Racing starts at 11am on Pioneer Bay and will include divisions for monohulls and multihulls of various sizes.

For more information or to register for the race, visit the Whitsunday Sailing Club.


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