Woody Island event competitive

THIS Sunday the sailors of the Hervey Bay Yacht Squadron will race around Woody Island.

A staggered start will see all the boats come together at the conclusion of the race as each tries to be the first boat home and the winner of the event in what is always a closely fought contest.

The race will start outside the Urangan Boat Harbour about 11am.

Hervey Bay sailor and squadron commodore Daryl Dorsett won the event the last time it was contested, but he is unsure if he will be sailing on the weekend.

His boat is in need of repairs and he hasn't had the time to do it, but he said he would be doing his best to get out on the water on Sunday.

Dorsett is looking forward to the race and if he isn't sailing he thinks Gavin Patterson, sailing Red Ted, will be a strong contender.

“He was close last time,” he said.

“I just sailed past him at the finish. He's got a fair chance.”

Two divisions will contest the event.

The first division, for shallow draft vessels, will circumnavigate Woody Island and the second division, for deep keep boats, will head around the top of Woody Island, down to the S1 beans for Little Woody Island and return.

Both courses are about 27km long. The leading boats are expected to finish the race in about three hours.

Squadron members are also looking forward to taking part in the Mary River Classic in two weeks' time. The yachts will race to Maryborough on Saturday, December 11, and cruise home on the Sunday.

Anyone interested in taking part in the event should contact Dorsett on 0408 198 132.

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