Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik ZKG

Race for a bottle of rum to be honoured on Pioneer Bay

by Ian Grant on 5 Sep 2011
They’re coming to get you!!!! - Great Whitsunday Fun Race Bob Fenney
Memories of the initial match race for a bottle of rum between the 1939 launched lugger Torres Herald 11 and the barque Dahlia will again be honoured on Pioneer Bay this weekend.

When the Allen Southward skippered Torres Herald 11 sailed to victory on a special course set down by the then officials of the Whitsunday Sailing Club in 1976 her crew set a traditional event in place which is now known as The Great Whitsunday Fun Race.

During the past 35 years the Fun Race well known for attracting some internationally famed yachts including Australia’s Americas Cup challenger Gretel, Sydney Hobart line honours champions Condor and Apollo and the American maxi Matador has continued to make a mark in Queensland sailing history.

The names of these famed ocean racing yachts remain engraved on what is regarded as the most worthless perpetual prize ever presented in Australia.

However the trophy crafted from a slab of Mackay rainforest cedar as a base to display a empty bottle of rum has continued to attract a widely diversified fleet of yachts from the 2010 line honours winner the Peter Millar skippered catamaran Cynophobe to the traditional gaff rigged ketch Pequot.

Whitsunday Sailing Club officials are expecting an entry of close to 100 with many more spectator craft decked with decorations from Palm Fronds to nautical flags to follow the fleet.

This floating party atmosphere has become a traditional celebration however race officials encourage both skippers and crews to enjoy a fun time afloat while observing all the rules.

Interest this year will again centre on the speed sailing catamaran Cynophobe when her crew sets up their personal challenge against the clock.

Hopefully the trade winds will remain to provide the Cynophobe crew to produce another fast course time while also filling the sails of the luggers and square riggers when they set sail.

While the slower luggers, gaffers and square riggers race over a shorter course with Pioneer Rocks set as the rounding mark the bulk of the fleet will test their speed over the traditional Fun Race course starting off Airlie Beach then rounding the Pioneer Rocks before setting spinnakers on the leg to Grimston Point then setting a course for the finish line off Airlie Beach.

All of the sailing action can be witnessed from the spacious deck at the Whitsunday Sailing Club where spectators are welcomed to enjoy both the racing and the post race party where the presentations to the 2011 winners of the Miss Figurehead and the Mr Six Pack always attract significant attention.
Giacomo Yacht SaleNaiadKZRaceFurlers

Related Articles

Clipper Race - British Olympians swap sports for new challenge at sea
Joining this year’s Great Britain entry in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race are two athletes Joining this year’s Great Britain entry in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race are two athletes who have already spent their lives representing their country at the highest level.
Posted on 19 Aug
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Three sleeps to go!
With less than 72 hours before Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet line up on River Mersey to start 2017-18 edition With less than 72 hours before the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet line up on the River Mersey to start the 2017-18 edition of the 40,000 nautical mile race around the globe, anticipation is building in Albert Dock with crowds gathering to wish the fleet well.
Posted on 19 Aug
2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Day 2 - Newport long haul
The sunny skies on Day One of 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship were replaced with low flying southerly squalls The sunny skies on Day One of the 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship hosted by Sail Newport were replaced with low flying southerly squalls and an on-time 1100 start. PRO Anderson Reggio sent the fleet to the 'inside' Halfway Rock racecourse for what would be a very exciting, four-race day of Melges 20 sailing.
Posted on 19 Aug
29er Hong Kong Open – Notice of race released
With competitors due to start unloading containers of 29ers from the 21 December, a great turn out is expected With mild winter conditions of warm sea and air temperatures, great breeze and boasting some of the best race tracks available anywhere, all eyes will be on the world’s best 29er sailors competing here in Hong Kong
Posted on 18 Aug
Tasar World Championship in Gamagori
As Libby said after the first race day of three races and five hours on the water, it was one of their toughest days The five race day event saw the outstanding North American crew from Seattle YC, former gold and bronze medal Olympians in the Flying Dutchman and 49’er Classes, Jonathan and Libby Johnson McKee, take out their fourth World Tasar Title
Posted on 18 Aug
A Pacific Yankee Doodle Dandy opening day at Melges 20 Nationals
On a traditional sunny, summer day, Newport is known for giving sailors a headfake with a weak On a traditional sunny, summer day, Newport is known for giving sailors a headfake with a weak, northerly, morning breeze, only to have that fade into a solid, southwest seabreeze. Knowing the conditions well and despite the solid northerly morning gradient, PRO Anderson Reggio wisely postponed the 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship fleet, and settled on a 2 o'clock
Posted on 18 Aug
Admiral’s Cup Regatta will span the generations
Excitement in the yachting community surrounding the Admiral’s Cup 50th Anniversary Regatta has spread to all corners Excitement in the yachting community surrounding the Admiral’s Cup 50th Anniversary Regatta has spread to all corners of the sailing world. News of the event, to be held in Sydney this December, has also inspired some remarkable reunions.
Posted on 18 Aug
41st Annual Wooden Boat Festival - Overall report
Tall ships and everything in between—North America’s largest wooden boat festival celebrates its 41st year Tall ships, paddleboards, kayaks, tugboats, and everything in between—North America’s largest wooden boat festival celebrates its 41st year on September 8–10, 2017. Demonstrations, presentations, plays, music, dancing, and great food—this is a weekend of fun for all ages
Posted on 17 Aug
2017 U.S. National Championship - Newport Pow Wow
Summer sailing and racing in Newport is at its seasonal high point and smack dab in the middle of it all Summer sailing and racing in Newport is at its seasonal high point and smack dab in the middle of it all, is the 2017 Melges 20 U.S. National Championship hosted by Sail Newport happening on August 17-19. Three days of competitive sailing will take place under the careful management of PRO Anderson Reggio and his legion of local sailing and race committee volunteers.
Posted on 17 Aug
Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup - Racing postponed for Day 3
As forecast, winds in excess of 30 knots off the Old Head of Kinsale forced the abandonment of the programme for Day 3 As forecast, winds in excess of 30 knots off the Old Head of Kinsale forced the abandonment of the programme for Day 3 of the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club, Ireland.
Posted on 17 Aug