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Slow race to Dunk

THE Dent to Dunk race was the slowest in recent years.

Yachts left Dent Island at 10.30am and were still only at Double Cones and Armit Islands around 9.30pm the same day.

Some had to anchor to stop the boats from being carried backwards with the tide, which is a legal racing tactic.

The winds finally filled in and off the racers went with a good sail up the coast.

No records were set this year but all the boats did finish at Dunk Island.

Line Honours went to the racing catamaran Cynophobe with an elapsed time of 17:46:57.

Handicapped winners were: Sure Foot 1st place, Idle Time 2nd place, and Another Fiasco coming in third.

Only one minute corrected time separated 3rd place Another Fiasco and Questionable Login in 4th place.

The rally portion of the event, which left a week earlier, had the first four days of the event providing 12 to 20 knots of wind in fantastic sailing conditions.

This was followed by a couple of days of 5-10 knots of wind.

All race and rally boats were at Port Hinchinbrook on Tuesday for the Awards Ceremony.

The rally results are: Upyerkilt from Airlie Beach took out first, only two points ahead of the 2nd place boat Holdfast from Yarrambat, Vic; while 3rd place went to Sydney yacht Highland Dancer.

Abel Point Yacht Club has held this yearly event for the past seven years to promote and introduce southern yachts to the beauty of the Whitsundays and as far north as Dunk Island.


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