CELEBRATIONS are underway at the Southport Yacht Club after the club’s powerboat division regained the prestigious Goodwill Cup following an absence of four year.
The Goodwill Cup is a navigation ccompetition held between the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and the Southport Yacht Club. It is designed to test the skills of the helmsmen (and women) as well as the navigators and observers.
This year, the SYC team won the historic and ornate gold trophy by one of the biggest margins recorded in the contest’s 52-year history.
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Southport Yacht Club commodore, Phil Short said the club also filled four of the top five places in the two divisions.
“This is a wonderful achievement for our club,” he said.
“The Goodwill Cup reflects the great boating spirit that has existed between these two clubs over decades: the trophy means a lot to both clubs.”
Theis year’s courses were set on the waters around Peel Island, in the southern region of Moreton Bay over the weekend. A strong wind and choppy seas made this year’s competition the toughest in many years for the 44 competing boats.