WOYRC 2013


The Premier Offshore event of the Region, the Advanced Alarms Mackay Whitsunday Offshore Yacht Racing Circuit, was held over the Labour Day long weekend. Boats from Mackay, Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach contested the series. Races were scheduled for Saturday, Mackay to Hamilton Island, Sunday, Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach, and Monday, Airlie Beach to Bowen.

The first leg was held in a fresh south-easterly breeze, making it a 50Nm reach to Hamilton Island. The first boat home was Cool Change (Bob Critchley) from Mackay finishing only 5 hours and eighteen minutes after starting. One hour and twenty minutes later, Sorceress (Eric Smith) was close to the finish and ran aground on reef near Dent Island. Unfortunately they had to start the motor to get the boat free of the reef and had to retire from the race. 

Close behind was Shady Tradie (Tommy Jordan) from Mackay, with Matangi (Dave Turnbull) also from Mackay finishing just 39 seconds behind. These two were followed by Crossbow (David Lund) from Airlie Beach a further ten minutes back. A close finish after such a long distance.

On corrected time, Cool Change was the runaway winner, from Shady Tradie and Matangi.

Sunsail provided berths at Hamilton Island and the Cruising Yacht Club of Hamilton Island hosted the crews for a few drinks at the end of the day.

Sunday morning, a light easterly breeze was blowing through the marina and the boats started at 10 am for a race from Hamilton Island, around Pine Island, and then on to Airlie Beach. The yachts sailed around Pine Island in 5 knots of breeze, but then had to sail down the Molle Passage with very patchy wind all the way. Spirit of the Maid (Bruce Absalon) from Hamilton Island, chose to go between Long Island and the mainland, hoping for the tide to push the boat through Long Island Sound quickly, but the wind died completely in that area and they were forced to retire after being becalmed for an hour. Shady Tradie was sharing the lead with Reignition (Charles Wallis) as they approached Daydream Island, when the tide pushed them the wrong side of the island! They managed to get around the island after more than two hours!

Reignition went on to finish the race first with Crossbow sailing a great race to finish second, and Sorceress, Matangi and Hamilton Mentor (Roen Quinn) from Hamilton Island finishing close behind. There was a large gap then to the rest of the fleet.

The winners on corrected time were Reignition, followed by Crossbow and Sorceress.

Race 3 had to be cancelled due to a lack of wind, so the result after two races was 1st place - Crossbow, 2nd place - Matangi, 3rd place - Cool Change.

Thankyou to our main sponsor - Advanced Alarms Mackay, and to our support sponsors - Whitsunday Industrial Sewing, Doyle Sails and Ullman Sails Whitsunday.


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Social Sailing at MYC 2018


 Social sailing is an activity that the club runs on some Saturdays throughout the year. This is something the anyone can participate in. 

Further details are available under Sailing in the main menu above.

We meet at the marina at 12 noon and are usually back in by 4. So if you want to join us contact Bob on 4956 2618 or mazandbob01@bigpond.com and reserve a spot.

You don’t even have to have been out on the water on any sort of boat. You will now have the chance to go for a quiet sail on a yacht to get an idea of what sailing is all about. You will be taken out with an experienced skipper and crew and you will get a chance to try steering the vessel and trimming the sails. Or you can just sit back and relax.


The following dates are possible social sailing days.


2018 Possible Social Sailing Dates.


Feb 3 10
Mar 3 10 17
Apr 7 21 28
May 5 12 19
Jun 2 9 16 23
Jul 7 21 28
Aug 4 11 18 25
Sep 8 15 29
Oct 6 13 27
Nov 3 10 17 24
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Crew Wanted: 

Matangi is looking for crew for Club racing and Airlie Beach Race Week. Enthusiastic and committed learners are welcome.  Contact David on 0429 896 002.

Bill Hopton is looking for crew to sail on Mistery (Swarbrick 99).  Crew experience preferred but not essential.  Contact Bill on 0418663563

2 crew positions available on Elliott 7 , Omen for Airlie Beach Race Week and  possibly some lead up races .  Some sailing experience would be prefered but a great sense of humour is mandatory ! 

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