The two events in one include nine days cruising the beautiful waters inside the Great Barrier Reef for the cruising fleet rally and a race of about 220 nautical miles through tropical islands to Dunk Island and on to Port Hinchinbrook.
In this event, each crew member pays $10 that is donated directly Volunteer Marine Rescue Stations and Coast Guards who provide radio schedules to ensure the safety of the cruising and racing fleets.
Starting at Hamilton Island, destinations along the way include Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island, Bowen, Magnetic Island, Townsville, Cardwell and Dunk Island.
The rally includes sailing yachts, motorboats, classic vessels and Tallships and runs from June 13-23, visits six resorts and features beach BBQs and island stopovers.
The race starts on June 20 from Dent Island.
Abel Point Yacht Club and Townsville Museum Inc have an agreement that links the event back to the original Hayles trophy discovered in a second hand shop many years after it was sailed for in 1909.
More information on the 2006 Dent to Dunk Yacht Race visit www.apyc.yachting.org.au
The Centre for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies has developed a waterproof booklet to help identify coral diseases.
The centre's Dr Bette Willis says enlisting the help of 'citizen scientists' will give researchers a better overview of the situation.
"We can only look at less than 2 per cent of the whole Great Barrier Reef and there are many people out diving on reefs that we can't get to on a regular basis," he said.
"If there is something unusual and particularly if people go back to the same site over time and they see something unusual developing, that's where people can act as eyes on the reef."
The 63-foot fully restored 'Bloodhound' is no ordinary yacht. She is one of the few authentic classic 1930s racing yachts left. Her uniqueness and attraction lie in the fact she was one of the most successful racing yachts ever built, becoming the Queen and Prince Phillip's personal yacht during the 1960's.
Built in 1936, she was one of three yachts designed and built by Camper & Nicholson to the twelve-metre class.
This yacht not only has great provenance, she is also capable of establishing herself as the yacht to beat on the classic circuit.
"In a sense, these boats are irreplaceable and part of living history," current owner Cindy McGrail said.
With world trade dropping, international shipping has plunged. Perhaps the best indicator is that for the first time in many years the cost has dropped significantly. The cost of shipping a 40-foot container from Hong Kong to Rotterdam has dropped from $2,700 last year, as low as $200 this year. What's more, many ships are now operated at lower speeds to save money on fuel. I guess that's what is meant by the economy slowing down.
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