2017 Quicksilver Port Douglas Race Week

Tuesday 16th May - Saturday 20th May 2017

 Hosted by the Port Douglas Yacht Club

First Race Day 2017

Division 1 winner Zoe.

Division 2 winner
Lady Mystique.

Division 4 winner X2.

Latest News

20th May   Racing finished for 2017.    Complete results here

The final day saw the strong winds of Friday gone and racing was enjoyed under sunny skies with wind at the start or race 1 at  15 knots dropping to about 12 knots at the end of race 2.

Winners of the Clipper Cup  are:

Division 1    Zoe from Impulse then Shiraz
Division 2    Lady Mystique from Ka Pai then Sapphire of London.
Division 4    X2 from Spank then Kaizen 2.

19th May   Racing cancelled due to strong wind warning.

18th May   Lay Day. Racing resumes on Friday 19th.

17th May   Second  days racing complete.

Day dawned with overcast skies but a very comfortable 25 degrees. A bit more wind today with 22 knots gusting to 25 out on the race course.

Leaders after the second day

Division 1    Volare moved into first place followed by Yes 1 point behind.
Division 2    Lady Mystique retained first place with  Ka Pai 1 point behind.
Division 4    Spank moved into the lead from  Kaizen 2  by .5 of a points.

With such close scores, many boats can still win their division and we look forward to more close racing on Friday after tomorrows lay day.

 16th May   First days racing complete.

26 yachts faced the starter in 3 divisions. Conditions were perfect with sunny skies and 12 - 15 knots of breeze from the SE.
The racing was keen and with all boats racing on the same short course, it provided a great viewing spectacle from 4 mile beach.

Leaders after the first day

Division 1     Impulse & Zoe equal on 6 points from Yes & Vanguard on 7 points.
Division 2    Lady Mystique & Ka Pai equal on 3 points from  Sapphire of                                   London on 6 points.
Division 4    Fast Forward on 4 points from Kaizen 2 on 5 points

15th May   Less than 1  day to go

 Race entries and Results now available on results  page.

14th May   Less than 2  days to go

 Supplementary Sailing Instructions now  available on Documents Page

12th May   4 days to go

Recent entrant Tony Ritter's very new Thompon 7 'Spank' competing in the Sports Boats Division. Looking like they might be our furthest travelled Queensland entrant Spank was transported from the Gold Coast to Port Douglas in the past fortnight.
Formerly known as Chicken Run and based at Wangi wangi Spank and her crew are using Quicksilver Port Douglas Race Week as the start of their campaign to sail Airlie, Hammo and Magnetic Island before returning to the Gold Coast for the Summer Season in October.

Tony's crew haven't even sailed together as yet.
Tony has skippered PDYC's own Port FM Mais Oui and finishing third and also crewed upon the Farr 40 Night Nurse at Race Week. Good luck and welcome Spank


The countdown is on!!!!! 2 weeks to go!!! Those of us from Cairns and Port Douglas are sailing to Fitzroy on Saturday the 13th May to meet up with our Southern Counterparts and depart Sunday 14th for a day of frivolity and cruise in company with the Townsvillians to Port Douglas in time for Quicksilver Port Douglas Race Week. Remember there is no start of finish time..... it is a treasure hunt for points.......and will be judged by the photos uploaded to the Mickey Ink Marine Page...... just remember to come and see me on the Saturday or Sunday morning for further instructions 😉 (those leaving from their home ports ie. Cairns or Yorkeys on Sunday, contact me beforehand for arrangements) Who will win this year? Last year was a tie for magnums of Bolligner, thank you to Fine Wine Partners, between Anastasia and Volare. And a special shout out to the awesome lyrics of the Dusty Muzzle crew who scored a carton thanks to Lion. See you all in Port!!!


Susan Lunn from Cairns sailing her 1974 Folkboat Mistral is the latest entry. Mistral will be contesting division two and could just be the boat to beat.

Boasting an (almost) all girl crew with Race Week sailing legends Mickey Dousset and Nod Wilson on hand to assist.

But, keep an eye out for a certain Mr Ted E Bear that could be grinding the winches (or goading the wenches), unless he gets locked up that week!


To all of you whom would like to be involved in this fantastic Week on and off the water, PDYC is seeking volunteers to crew on the various support vessels and crew is required on several Yachts competing, including   Doug Ryan on his Beneteau 44.7.
Call us on 07 4099 4386 or email!

The Farr Phase 4 Volare I is the latest entry from Cairns. Co skippers Neil Robson and Frances Westley are regulars in pursuit of the Clipper Cup. Placing 5th overall in division 1 for both 2015 and 2016. Prior to that placing 4th in 2014 and 5th in 2012 sailing Death Star in division 4.

Fast Forward skippered by Brian Dowling representing Cairns Yacht Club is the latest entry to division 4. Brian is another regular to the regatta having placed 2nd in division 4 in 2015, and 5th in 2014 sailing Fast Forward and 5th in 2013 sailing another J24, Kaos.

10th April  

Kevin Williams and the crew of Shiraz are among the latest entries into division 1 and the sixth entry from Townsville.
Shiraz is a Beneteau 38.5 that Kevin has owned for less than a year but which is already making an impact on the club racing scene at Townsville Yacht Club.

Whitecap, skippered by Mal Richardson has also entered division 1.
Mal is best known as the local sail maker and skipper of the NACRA 36 Malice but has now swapped the two hulls for one and is back racing the Adams. First winning the Clipper Cup with Sportscar in 2000, Mal has since won in 2011 and 2015 sailing Malice.

Reef Marina Viva La Beaver is the second of the PDYC owned J24's to enter. Skippered by Club Captain Peter Chapman the Beaver will be looking to get an edge over her arch rival Port FM Mais Oui and of course the boat to beat, the defending div 4 champion Kaizen II.

Also entered in div 4 is the Dibley 8000 Out Of The Blue skippered by Hew Mills from Cairns Yacht Club. This impressive looking New Zealand Dibley was built in Cairns by boat builder Shayne Young under contract to Frank and Wendy Brace and launched in 2005.
Frank and Wendy incidentally now have Impulse entered in div 1.
Hew Mills and the crew of Out Of The Blue look like they'll be providing some serious competition to the three J24's and the Elliot 7 Missguided.

30th March
Zoe and Iseulta skippered by Wayne Millar and Tristram Denyer representing Townsville Yacht Club are the latest entries into division 1.
Wayne has an impressive track record with the Clipper Cup dating back to 1995 being the only skipper to have his name on the trophy alongside three different boats. (Check out the history page on the Race Week website for more details).
The Murray 41 Zoe is also no stranger to Port Douglas waters having won the Mirage Resorts Clipper Cup in 1999. Last year Zoe returned to Port to blitz the fleet in division 1 taking line honors in all six races. The handicap system denied her a podium place overall having to settle for sixth in a fleet of eighteen.
No doubt this year Wayne and the crew of Zoe will be looking to maintain their position at the head of the fleet and improve on their overall placing.

Tristram Denyer and the Bavaria 37 Iseulta are making their return to Port Douglas having sailed here in the 2016 Mickey Ink Port Douglas Race Week. Regular competitors on the Townsville Yacht Club sailing calendar Tristram and the crew of Iseulta will be out to improve on their mid fleet placing from 2016. Being one of the smallest yachts in the division 1 fleet at 37 feet the crew will no doubt be keen to show the bigger boats how it's done.

The Port Douglas Yacht Club owned J24 Port FM Mais Oui is the latest entry into division 4.
This year Port FM Mais Oui will be skippered by long standing club member Robert Ranford. The J is sponsored by local radio station Port FM and is one of three J24's owned by the club. Purchased by the club in 2009 Port FM Mais Oui has an impressive number of wins to her name at club level having been sailed to victory by many club members in many club events over the years.
Tune in to 90.9FM for the voice and music of the Douglas Shire as Robert and the crew of Port FM Mais Oui take on the challenge of the 2017 Quicksilver Port Douglas Race Week

 9th March
The first of the Cairns fleet to enter is Impulse, the impressive Sydney 36CR skippered and owned by Frank & Wendy Brace. Can Impulse be the first Cairns mono to take out Division 1 since Dougie Ahola sailed Skulduggery to victory in the mixed fleet single division of 2010?

 6th March
The latest entry in Div 2 is the Port Douglas based Phantom 40, Casuarina skippered by Carl Barnett. Div 2 is leading the way with numbers, could this be the year of the cruiser? Get your entry in now for your chance to race against Casuarina!

24th February
Entries coming in from the Townsville fleet. Tony Muller and the crew of Brava, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 defending her 2016 Div 1 title, and Mal Pirret and the crew of the Beneteau Oceanis 45 Champagne out to steal it away from under her. 

20th January
First entry in was Lady Mystique sailed by Mick & Helen Gwilliams from Port Douglas. They were followed shortly after by long time Port Douglas sailor Doug Ryan now living at Magnetic Island with his boat Shazam.


A few 2017 Race Week polos can still be purchased at the Club.


Port Douglas Yacht Club proudly presents the 2017 Quicksilver Port Douglas Race Week, and invites all yachts to join us for a week of Sailing, Food & Fun.

We are fortunate to enjoy one of the best playgrounds for our sport that nature could provide and this year we will be hosting a huge array of events all to be sailed on the beautiful waters of the Coral Sea off Port Douglas. This year’s regatta will be held over 5 days, with the first day of racing commencing on Tuesday  16th of May and concluding on Saturday 20th May. The  sailing schedule includes racing around the stunning Low Isle and Snapper Islands, as well as some technical racing off the famous Four Mile Beach.

  NOR issued  1st December 2016

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Social Happenings

Quicksilver Cruises are laying on the Quicksilver Port Douglas Race Week Skippers Invitational Party on Monday 15th November! And where would you expect a bunch of yachties to go for a party? Out on the water of course. On board none other than the mighty Wavedancer, Quicksilver's 30m luxury sailing catamaran.

 Each skipper will receive an invitation for two to board Wavedancer from the PDYC pontoon at 5:30pm on Monday 15th May. The two hour cruise will have complimentary drinks and nibbles provided for your enjoyment and will conclude at 7:30pm disembarking at the Reef Marina.

Just in time for the Hemmingway's Brewery Quicksilver Port Douglas Race Week Skippers Invitational Party!
A bar tab will be provided to sample some of the awesome brew made right on site at Hemmingway's Brewery. Stay on and party hard into the night but remember to be ready for the racing the next day!

Free Marina Berths for visiting Yachts

As entries from visiting yachts flow in the "Race Village" is building steadily at The Reef Marina. But, there is only a limited number of free berths for visiting yachts. The sooner you get your entry in the more certain you'll be of enjoying this very generous offer from our sponsor Port Douglas Reef Marina.

Look out too for the Quicksilver Port Douglas Race Week party at Hemmingways Brewery at The Reef Marina, and the Quicksilver Skippers Cruise; More on these exciting social events will follow in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Breakfast Briefings, Take Away Lunch and Dinners for Grinners

Breakfast is being served at Port Douglas Yacht Club every race day from 7:00am till 8:30.

Head Chef Mick and the crew of the Yachty Restaurant will be serving up an assortment of brekkie sensations all for just $10 per head. There will be news and information about the days racing on hand from 8:00am each morning.

The Yachty has also got you covered for lunch even while you're out on the water. Order your take away lunch the evening before and collect it from the Yachty each race day morning.

Then from 5pm each day the Yachty will be open to serve you a scrumptious evening meal to celebrate your days success out on the water.

You don't have to be a winner to be a grinner when you're at the Yachty for dinner.

And don't forget it's happy hour every race day arvo from 5pm till 6pm with $3 schooners of XXXX Gold!

Entertainment Every Night

Rob Cooke from Visibility Video will be filming the action on and off the water each day. Then from 7pm each evening you will be the star of the silver screen as the days action is screened. Be sure to give the media boat a big wave and a smile when you're passing by Try to keep your wine glasses on the table not hanging off your halyard. It's always good for a laugh but better on somebody else's boat for sure.After the movies there'll be live music to rock the night away.


Don't forget the Mickey Ink Rally

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The 2017 Mickey Ink Rally - Fitzroy Island to Port Douglas, Sunday May 14th, 2017

Join the fleet at Fitzroy for the second annual Mickey Ink Rally.
Port boats will be heading south to join the Cairns fleet and the northbound Townsville fleet at Fitzroy Island for a weekend of fun at Foxy's Bar and the picturesque anchorage at Fitzroy Island.

Some of the regular yachts racing again in the 2017 Quicksilver Race Week.


Division 1       Brava


Division 1       Certa Cito

Division 1       Champagne

Division 1   Impulse

Division 1   Iseulta


Division 1       Shazam


Division 1       Shiraz


Division 1       Volare I


Division 1       Zoe




 Division 2   Casuarina

Division 2   Lady Mystique



Division 2   Saphire of London


Division 4   Fast Forward

2016e Kaizen 2

Division 4   KAIZEN 2



Division 4   Out of the Blue

Division 4   PortFM Mai Oui

Division 4   Reef Marina Viva La Beaver


Division 4   Spank