Sun, sea and sand yachting
WAYNE Lewis is set to sail into the record books.
Lewis, a heavyweight production and performance competitor, is competing in the 100km marathon race as part of the inaugural Queensland Blokart titles at Capricorn Resort at Farnborough Beach this weekend and hopes to be the inaugural winner.
The race is the first of its kind in Australia and is part of a four-day event at the Capricorn Coast.
Lewis, who has competed in the sport since 2009, said the marathon race was really an unknown event and depending on the conditions, would make for some interesting racing.
“I'm expecting it to be a really gruelling event,” he said.
“It depends on a number of things. In a good strong wind a heavyweight competitor will be quicker whereas if there isn't much of a wind it favours the lighter competitors.”
While the 100km marathon race will close out the weekend's blokarting, the actual Queensland titles will be contested over a shorter course.
Competitors will race around a shorter course of 500m, depending on tides, winds and the condition of the sand, for five minutes with the winner the competitor who completes the most laps.
Local enthusiast, Steve Bundred, said more than 60 sailors had already entered the competition, including two sailors from Western Australia plus more from the southern states.
The Australian Blokart titles have been held at Yeppoon three times in the last few years because of the ideal beaches and consistent easterly winds, which make for a fast ride.
“We arguably have the best beaches in the country for sand yachting,” Bundred said.
“At low tide the beaches are wide with hard sand and go on forever, with nearly 20kms from Yeppoon up to Corio Bay.”
Bundred is encouraging locals to get down and watch this weekend with the short-course format ideal for spectators.
“With the short course you're never more than a hundred metres away from the karts so it makes for a great spectator sport,” he said.
Action begins at 10am on Saturday, depending on beach conditions.
For more information visit www.sandyachting.info.