Race Week Wrap-up: The RBYC Presence
August is the month for race weeks with Far North Queensland hosting three regattas in the Whitsunday region, Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island and Magnetic Island race weeks.
Airlie Beach Race week was first cab off the rank as usual in its 30th year. The weather was kind to the competitors across the whole week, with sun filled days and winds that never ventured into race cancelling strengths. Five boats represented RBYC, with a number in the performance division and cruising divisions. Outgoing Commodore Paul Jackson took out his Thompson Keep on Running with a host of Brighton Members on board, with modest results in the Performance division, alongside Tony Cuschieri’s Thompson 7 Martini. Roger Jepson’s Wheres Wal II was the best performer in the division, finishing 7 of 13. Summer Wind, with Paul woodman and crew finished with a podium spot, 2nd overall in Cruising Div 3 and Geoff Adams aboard Queensland based Rampallion.
The following week was Hamilton Island Race week with this year’s event attracting 233 entries, six representing Brighton. In the performance racing divisions Steven Fahey’s Cartouche had an impressive regatta finishing 1st overall, with the boat remaining in Queensland after returning from the New Caledonia race earlier in the year. Phillip Cormie and crew on Avanti finished 16th in Div 2, Gary Davison/Geoff Adams on Rampallion finished 9th and Steve Clarke Mynooka 16th in Div 5. In the Non Spinnaker divisions Grant Dunoon’s Blue Water Tracks finished 7th in Div 1, on their return to Brighton from the Osaka race. Division 2 saw Rob Hurrell aboard Aquacadabra finished 10th.
Last but not least was Magnetic Island slightly further North. Known for its laid back vibe it is a great way to finish the race week season. The weather gods were kind to the 50+ boat fleet with beautiful racing conditions for the majority of the week. In terms of final results, Paul Woodman Summerwind finished 6th overall in Div 2. In Div 4, Commodore Paul Jackson and Phil Bedlington on Keep on Running finished 4th. In the Non Spinnaker divisions Phillip Cormie aboard Avanti finished 5th and in the Multihulls, incoming Vice Commodore Peter Strain’s It’s a Privilege finish 5th.
Congratulations to all those who made the trip up North and achieved some great results. The results aren’t everything with these events, with a great feeling around the clubs and regattas, while competitors avoid the cold winter weather back on their home race tracks.
If you are interest in the events or their results you can view below: