We’ve had such a wonderful time in the Whitsundays we haven’t been able to write any updates on the site.
We arrived in Airlie Beach on Wednesday August 11th after a lovely delivery north with our great crew of Matt, Don, Richard and Laura. We didn’t see many whales on this journey but lots of Dolphins, Turtles and spectacular sunsets and sunrises.
Once in Airlie Beach we set about getting the boat ready for Race Week which started on Friday. As our crew arrived everyone collected their tropical crew shirts and set about discussing tactics over a few Rum and Cokes at the Regatta Marquee. Friday morning arrived and we were off in beautiful sunshine! A great week ensued with lots of friendly rivalry between ourselves and another Beneteau 50 Holy Cow. In fact, as we were both moored in the same marina berth one local wag nicknamed our area as the Farmyard.
We had some great sailing all week, pretty light winds but our beautiful KAT kept moving throughout to see us finish on the podium. A 3rd overall – we were thrilled! Well done KAT Crew! And so we packed the boat up with our prizes, thanked the Airlie Beach Race Committee and headed off to Hamilton Island to meet our new crew and start all over again.
There is nothing like sailing around tropical islands. Again the first few days were light winds but we prevailed and were rewarded with a second in Race 2. Another trophy for the cabinet. Lay Day involved lounging by the pool and catching up with other crews before the last few days which provided us with plenty of breeze. For a while during the week we were running third overall and then on the last day we crossed the line first in our division. Would this be enough for the handicapper to award us a first overall? Alas it was not to be and we ended the week with a more than respectable 5th overall.
Again thanks to our wonderful KAT crew, not only for the sailing but the fun and the partying as well…..we’ll be back!
And now its time to turn for home. Once back in Sydney we will be opening our new Sailing School and are very excited about the year to come.