2012 SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week day 1.
Enjoying a coffee before the race
The sixty boat fleet in the Nelly Bay Marina was ready for action this morning. With little gradient wind, the seabreeze was expected to be the major influence today. The forecast is for a cool day, for the last day of winter - just 27 degrees. Yes Southerners a cool 27.
Koala found in the Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal Carpark on Friday.
Denis Thompson, the Regatta Director, signalled a Postponement Ashore at 930 and the morning glass-out followed soon thereafter. The AP came down at 1115 and racing could start at noon. The good news is that the seabreeze could reach 12-14 knots at the bottom of the course later in the day.
The Taste of Queensland food and beverage stalls on the Peppers Blue on Blue main deck were busy with coffee and snacks very popular. It was definitely 'Cappuccino Time.'
IRC Racing, Performance Racing, Multihulls and Cruising Spinnakers Division 1 were set a long Cleveland Bay triangular two lap course, 14.6 nautical miles, while the Cruising with Spinnakers Division 2 and Cruising Non-spinnakers had a shorter single lap 9.8 nautical mile course.
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Final preparations on the yacht.