The sailors competing in the fifth race of the Hervey Bay Yacht Squadron’s Winter Series enjoyed perfect sailing conditions.
The sailors competing in the fifth race of the Hervey Bay Yacht Squadron’s Winter Series enjoyed perfect sailing conditions. GAVIN PATTERSON

Sailors gear up for Hervey bay Cup

SAILORS from around the Fraser Coast and beyond will be gearing up for action on the high seas this weekend when the annual Hervey Bay Cup is raced in the waters of the Bay.

The Cup is always a high point in the sailing year and this year is expected to be no different, with the race expected to attract dozens of competitors.

The race will start on Saturday and finish on Sunday.

There will be two back-to-back races to be sailed on each of the days.

The Hervey Bay Cup was first contested in 1995 when it was won by Ray Smith in his yacht, Fair Dinkum.

Three divisions of yacht will compete in the event, including multihulls, monohulls and the cruising division.

There will be trophies for each division as well as an overall winner.

Those interested in competing can attend the pre-race briefing at the Hervey Bay Yacht Squadron’s headquarters at 11.30am on Saturday or contact squadron commodore Daryl Stewart on 0408 198 132.

While the sailors of the Hervey Bay Yacht Squadron are eagerly anticipating the Hervey Bay Cup, preparations for the big race hasn’t been the only thing keeping local sailors busy.

The fifth race of the yacht squadron’s winter series was held on August 29 and was won by Austral Clubman yacht Twist and Shout, skippered by Bob Campbell.

The race was sailed in perfect conditions with a fresh 12 to 15 knot southerly breeze helping sailors along and sunny skies.

The race course was from Urangan to the S5 pile beacon to the east of Big Woody Island, which allowed for some fast spinnaker runs by all of the yachts.

Gavin Patterson, skippering Red Ted, a Seawind 24, took out second place and in third place was the newly painted Beale yacht Grey Ghost, skippered by John Shillingford.



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