ORREFORS TROPHY FOR CREW
As well as the generous gift of four cases of KB Cold Gold cans given to each Yacht in the Suva Race, and the magnificent trophy for the winner (to keep) valued at $4,000, every crew member in the race (126 in all) will receive an inscribed Orrefors glass beer mug. The drinking glasses, on display in the Club's trophy cabinet, are valued at $25 each.
Plenty of Colour on "Widgeon"
When John Bish's Widgeon set sail for Suva it was to be a one-way trip for four of the crew.
Carrying the National flag of Fiji proudly from her backstay and the Burgee of the Royal Suva Yacht Club from the mast head, Widgeon's course was being plotted by the Suva Club's Vice Commodore, Rocky Moody. Also aboard was the islands Chief Magistrate and two other Fijian businessmen including one sporting the National costume as he set the yachts spinnaker pole on the mast at the start.
BIGGEST PLOT YET
The passage of yachts in this year's race was plotted in as many as 10 locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Gosford, Lord Howe Island, Canberra, and Suva. Large grided maps had been forwarded to each Melbourne Club with representatives in the race, these were updated after each sked by Paul Jacka in Melbourne. As well as the one at Middle Harbour, foam replicas of the course, with updating positions, were on display in the OTC window in Martin Place. ln Suva the Royal Club, Trade Winds Hotel and Burns Philp were all sporting KB maps plotting the fleets progress.
And the fleet monitor continued at the Water Police Headquarters in Sydney, Penta Base Radio Complex in Gosford, MV Lulawai Radio monitoring station on Lord Howe Island, and the Australian Coastal Surveillance Centre in Canberra.
So if the fleet felt as though the eyes of the South Pacific world was on them, they were right.