Numbers up for rally and race
MEMBERS of the Abel Point Yacht Club are celebrating the success of a second annual Coral Coast Rally and Race, which started in Airlie Beach and finished on Magnetic Island last weekend.
APYC rear commodore Rupert King said what originally began as a replacement for the annual "Dent to Dunk" after the devastation caused by cyclone Yasi, has now become a popular sailing event in its own right.
Mr King said numbers were up dramatically this year, with 12 racers and four cruisers making an increase from six to 16 boats.
Mr King described conditions for the roughly 130-nautical mile race as "beautiful".
"Winds ranged from 15-20 knots at different times - it was good reaching and running conditions," he said.
First over the line at journey's end was Whitsunday multihull Cynophobe, arriving at Magnetic Island's Horseshoe Bay at 2.20am on Saturday. Last was Isuelta, whose crew reached the finish at around 7.34am but scored a bottle of rum for their efforts and ended up with a first in the monohull division after handicaps were taken into account.
Mr King said most competitors arrived in the dark and anchored up until daybreak when they moved to Nelly Bay.
"It was basically a day of relaxing at Nelly Bay, followed by a barbecue and presentations at Peppers Blue on Blue," he said.
Most of the Airlie-based boats departed Magnetic Island on Sunday morning and have made their way home.
1st - Overdrive
2nd - J'Ouvert
3rd - Cynophobe
1st - Isuelta
2nd - Dusty Muzzle
3rd - Surefoot
4th - Amaya
5th - Take Flight
6th - Guilty Pleasures
7th - Broad Sword
8th - Another Fiasco
9th - Twister