Racers ready for coral coast race

BOATS competing in this year’s Coral Coast Rally will depart Abel Point Marina tomorrow afternoon as they look to tackle the 225 nautical mile journey to Magnetic Island.

In previous years Abel Point Yacht Club have hosted the Dent to Dunk Race but because of the devastation caused by Cyclone Yasi to Dunk Island the race has had a name and course change.

The course to Dunk Island is usually fairly straight, this year’s course though will be much more interesting as sailors are expected to sail around Pelorus Island in the Palm Group of Islands before finishing in Horseshoe Bay on Magnetic Island.

Presentations will be held on Sunday at the Marlin Bar Tavern at Horseshoe Bay.

Whitsunday sailors from the mainland and Hamilton Island will be joined by other sailors from Townsville and Mackay to compete in both the monohull and multihull divisions.

APYC treasurer Lyn Chalmers said wind conditions at the start of the event were expected to be around 15 km/h south-easterlies, which should prove handy for the boats that would be eager to get out of Pioneer Bay and head north.

She said sailors will need to show their skills and make the most of the lighter 10 knot winds that were forecast for the rest of the journey.

A mandatory safety brief for skippers and navigators will be held today, Thursday, June 2 at 1pm at Sorrento Restaurant and Bar with registration following between 3-6pm.

Entry Forms and Notice of Race can be obtained from the APYC website www.apyc.yachting.org.au or by emailing APYC Treasurer Lyn Chalmers at apyc@hotmail.com.


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