IDEAL conditions saw 26 boats sail off in the annual Dent to Dunk Rally, on Saturday.
As the fleet, with 70 people on board, left Airlie Beach at 10.30am, a light 15-20 knots blew from the south-east to send them on their way north for the nine-day rally.
Finishing in Cardwell with a presentation ceremony on Tuesday, June 1, the action-packed rally will also take in Gloucester Eco Resort, Magnetic Island, Orpheus Island and Dunk Island and includes themed parties and beach barbecues.
Meanwhile, the Dent to Dunk Race will take place this Saturday, with seven boats registered to participate.
First held in 1909, the Dent to Dunk Race was not repeated again for more than 90 years, before being reinstated in 2005.
The rally was introduced for sailors wanting a break from racing, using the opportunity to visit some of the best locations on the Queensland coast with friends.
The resorts and towns on the itinerary welcome the fleet each night by hosting special events and providing meals.
Roger and Ruth Boast, owners of local boat Serendipity, are taking part in their second Dent to Dunk Rally this year.
The Boasts are expecting an adventurous journey, meeting people from all over the country along the way.
They were impressed with last year's rally, when 42 boats participated in the 100 year anniversary of the first Dent to Dunk Race.
“It's fun all the way,” Ruth said. “Everything from the Pirate night, Hawaiian night and Talent night – and we have lots of talent here,” she said.
She said she also loved to watch the big boats finish the race.
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