The first Bay to Bay yacht race not to finish

HISTORY was made during the weekend's Bay-to-Bay yacht race but not the kind of history Hervey Bay Sailing Club wanted.

The annual event drew 130 entries from across the eastern seaboard, with sailors travelling from as far as Victoria and South Australia.

The first leg of the race, from Tin Can Bay to Garry's Anchorage, went off without a hitch, but that is where the good fortune ended.

The second leg, which would have taken sailors from Garry's Anchorage into Hervey Bay, was postponed and the race start moved several times due to a lack of wind.

Four hours later, the race's second leg became the first abandonment in the Bay to Bay's 36-year history.

There was nothing race officer Colin Verrall could do as the weather gods frowned upon the event for the first time.

"It's the first time in history we've had to abandon the race," he said.

"We got towards Kingfisher so we could get a race in but there just wasn't enough wind.

"We were able to hand out trophies for the Saturday.

"It was a good sail (on Saturday) with about 10 to 12 knots.

"Everyone had a great time and they're keen to come back again next year."



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