>
 
> FishingBoating-World.com
 
 
News Home Newsletters Powerboat-World Australian Cruising World Cruising MarineBusiness-World Animated Knots Video Gallery
MarineBusiness-World Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Faithful Fraser turns it on again for the annual Clipper regatta
Faithful Fraser turns it on again for the annual Clipper regatta


'Clipper 5'    Clipper Motor Yachts
For its forth-consecutive year, the Clipper Fraser Island Regatta began with a flotilla of 15 semi-displacement and planing hull boats beaming at what the next 10 days would bring.

The first day was spent cruising from Coomera to Horseshoe Bay at Peel Island, with the Brisbane based boats joining the fleet for welcome drinks and fresh prawns on the beach while the captains and crews introduced themselves. The light northerly winds dropped right out that evening and they woke to 'glass out' conditions Friday morning.

Leaving Horseshoe Bay, the impressive procession of boats included 5 Clipper Heritage 40’s, 2 Cordova 45’s, a Cordova 48 and 60, Hudson Bay 50, Prestige 42, Princess 56 and 67, Ocean Fast 72, and a Leopard Cat 42.

Clipper 2 -  Clipper Motor Yachts  
For the first-timers on the trip, it was an awe-inspiring experience to see whale season in full swing with many venturing playfully alongside the boats. Frank, who was onboard a Clipper Heritage 40, managed to capture amazing video footage of these cetaceans interacting with the boats.

'It was unbelievable how many there were! I’ve never seen so many whales in a single stretch of water before,' exclaimed Frank.

After spending Friday evening moored at Mooloolaba Marina and a full day of cruising, the boats crossed the Wide Bay Bar in perfect conditions - at high tide with half a meter of swell. From here they spent the days covering the anchorages of Yankee Jack Creek, Arch Cliffs, Kingfisher Bay and Tin Can Bay Marina.

It was great to see the tenders getting a work out with trips to shore for walks along the coloured dunes, skurfing, fishing and a match of beach cricket. The Pacific Motor Yachts’ 6.2 mtr tender also proved to be the ultimate workhorse as the on water limo for boat transfers and trips to shore.

Each boat showed off their best-dressed crew costumes on the Monday night and sat down to a succulent charcoal spit roast of lamb, beef and Wagyu eye fillet thanks to the culinary skills of the Clipper crew. Not only did the owners prepare great outfits but a selection of side dishes to compliment the roast and share amongst the crews. They capped off a great night with a huge beach bonfire along with plenty of social drinks together.

Clipper 4 -  Clipper Motor Yachts  
Over the next few days they enjoyed more cruising, and wildlife watching with a relatively tame dingo that approached the tenders when owners went to the beach for a closer look.

The evenings consisted of beach BBQ’s, dinner at Kingfisher Bay Resort and a night dining and dancing to the live music at the superb Black Cockatoo restaurant, in Tin Can Bay that had been booked out for the whole fleet.

Veterans of the regatta and owners of a 60ft Clipper Cordova, Gary and Jan, said the regatta keeps getting better and better each year.

'There’s always great camaraderie amongst the crew and we make new friends to go boating with every trip,' said Jan.

Heading south the Friday morning, the Wide Bay Bar was rolling with 2m swell. Like all Clipper regattas however, Master Class 5 skipper, Jeremy Cooper guided the fleet through the crossing safely. The weather got better by the hour, changing from a southerly to northerly wind and dropping to 5 -10kts.

The remaining boats departed at 7am the next morning with most wanting to extend the wonderful journey as much they could and opted to take the scenic route pass Tangalooma.

'We had a great time at Fraser. We have done more with the Hudson Bay this year than all our boats put together,' said Lionel, the proud owner of a Clipper Hudson Bay 50.

'This is what its all about,' said managing director, Brett Thurley.

'We love boating and love seeing our owners out on the water enjoying their boats. The regattas give them an opportunity to get away and learn more about their boats in a social, safe and well-coordinated setting.'

You can always rely on Fraser to provide plenty of whales, great relaxing anchorages and great company, which is why this regatta will always be a favourite, made all the better with no mobile reception that far north on the beach. It was a cruising experience not to be forgotten and one not to be missed next year.

The crew is already looking forward to the next Clipper regatta - cruising the Clarence River in April 2014. If you’d like to join them, please contact Mel on (07) 5519 4019 or mel@pacificmotoryachts.com.au


by Propel PR

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.fishingboating-world.com/index.cfm?nid=114927

2:20 AM Tue 24 Sep 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







FishingBoating-World





Pontoon Boats are a hit with families and entertainers by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
















Glacier Bay returns to Australia, re-launching at SCIBS by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
















Power to the people at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,






























Humpback Whales - Non Lethal research
VRFish works with fishers on Corio Bay conflict
Changed boating conditions for ski race on Clarence River
VRFish calls for action on Anglesea River
Submit your entry to the BoatUS Angler 'Catch of the Month' contest
Channel 7 stage returns to Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show - this weekend!
Coastal infrastructure and species loss - Climate Change consequences *Feature
rescueME PLB1 – safety assured in one compact, light package *Feature
Japan's Antarctic whaling program harpooned
All Marine Spares hits the boat show trail in a trailer *Feature
Macquarie perch stocked into three northern Victorian waters
Local council celebrates commitment to protect the Great Barrier Reef
Go crazy about whales in a special family fun day at the museum
New generation trawler boats - tradition with a twist
Arvor releases new Sportsfish range
AIMEX focuses on commercial show in Asia
Further Australian growth for Stabicraft
Southport Yacht Club will host a free 'Discover Sailing Day'
Melbourne Boat Show earlier this year - 12 to 16 June
FinScan digital switching fitted to new rescue vessels   
Kids' Zone a drawcard at Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle Show   
Brisbane Tinnie & Tackle welcomes Engel as stage sponsor   
BIAV appoints new GM   
Jet stream gets fish in hot water   
Trash to Treasure - A seafood story   
Big waves shown to be energetically costly for fish   
Fisherman nabbed for illegal fishing at Point Lonsdale   
Maritime Alert - Dangerous conditions forecast for NSW boaters   
World Recreational Fishing Conference - First call for papers open   
12 weeks til Melbourne Boat Show   
First deadline for SCIBS exhibitors looms March 24   
Fishing for Culture - A celebration of fishing in culture   
Improving fish habitat by building a fishing line recycling bin +Video   
Greater numbers of catchable King George whiting in the years to come   
Paul Burt, boating guru, is the face of Sanctuary Cove Boat Show   
Marine Industry loses a loyal servant: Vale Gunter Bruckner   
Positive pass mark for new venue   
Couran Cove signs lease deal with Hope Island Marina   
Phones outpace PCs and TV as preferred device   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW FBW