Mackay sailor back on shore after almost three months
SAILING: Mackay sailor Nicolette Horak is back on shore after almost three months competing in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.
Horak finished her part of the journey in Airlie Beach on Sunday morning.
"It's wonderful to be back," she said.
"It was a long trip getting here."
Horak left from Cape Town, South Africa on October 31 on the South African team's yacht, IchorCoal.
She sailed to Albany in Western Australia, then onto Sydney. The next leg of the race was the Sydney to Hobart and then from Hobart to Airlie Beach.
Horak's team came into Airlie Beach in sixth place, the stop is the halfway point of the round the world race.
"The journey has had its ups and downs," she admitted.
"It's had its highlights and its low points. The crew have been absolutely amazing, I've just had so much fun and made some really good friends."
Horak is an experienced sailor and has sailed in the region's waters extensively.
"It helped that I knew the water up here a little bit," she said.
"It helped with the tides and certain areas where the wind holds.
"I've been saying all along that as soon as we get north of Brisbane we'd have lovely weather and we've had champagne sailing since then."
The Hobart to Airlie Beach leg finished earlier than expected, which provided an unexpected bonus for Horak and her other crew members. "I'm trying to arrange a dive trip to the outer reef which will be good fun," she said.
Two of the vessels will be open to the public from 10am-4pm this Saturday at Abell Point Marina where there will be market stalls and entertainment.
- Began in Cape Town, South Africa.
- Sailed to Albany, Western Australia.
- From Albany to Sydney. Then Sydney to Hobart and finally Hobart to Airlie Beach.
- During the trip Horak completed her circumnavigation of the world.