Neil Dingle, Bill Giesler and Geoff Richardson were busy burnishing the barbecue yesterday, preparing for an onslaught of hungr
Neil Dingle, Bill Giesler and Geoff Richardson were busy burnishing the barbecue yesterday, preparing for an onslaught of hungr

All?s ready for the 2006 Pittwater to Coffs finish



EVENT organiser Julia Atkins wants to see everyone at the Marina at 9am today for the official finish of the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour yacht race.

Everyone is invited to join the mayor of Coffs harbour, Cr Keith Rhoades, town crier John Kerr and race organisers, to welcome the leaders of the fleet into the harbour and fire the cannon to declare line honours for the 226-nautical miles race.

Meanwhile Paul Box and his band of merry men and women spent yesterday scrubbing and scouring barbecues and benchtops and ferrying in supplies by the crateload as they prepared for their annual task of feeding the fleet.

Mr Box, the president of the Coffs Harbour and District Vietnam and South-East Asian Veterans Association, and his 'troops' operate a 36-hour continuous barbecue for the sailors of the Pittwater to Coffs harbour Yacht Race fleet, cooking all through the day and night to turn out hundreds of hamburgers, sausages, bacon and eggs, grilled tomatoes and other substantial fare for the sailors, who arrive having had little time to eat since leaving Sydney.

Mr Box said this would be the 11th year they had manned the barbecues, with the money raised going to local cadet units except for 2005 when more than $3000 went to the victims of the Asian tsunami.

A marquee, tables and seating and the mobile command post and media centre for the race are all ready at the yacht club's for the special events and race presentations to follow the race series.



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