Sailors in around the world race cruising towards Mackay
TWELVE sailing ships locked in an around-the-world race will arrive in Mackay over the next few days - bringing with them tourists and a boost to the region's economy.
Starting from Saint Lucia in the eastern Caribbean, the competitors are taking part in World ARC which is a 26,000 nautical mine tradewind circumnavigation event.
Leading the charge across the Coral Sea towards Mackay currently is US sailing ship EQ2.
The 48-foot Knysna 48 vessel which is owned by Roger Homrich, has skipper John Hochradel at the helm and is travelling at 7.4 knots.
Closely following EQ2 are fellow US cruisers Emory and Kim Zimmer in their 52 foot vessel Someday.
Coming in at third is Spanish vessel Niobe which is owned and skippered by Bence Horvath.
In total, there are 27 vessels taking part in the race - some of which have not left Saint Lucia.
There are eight ships from the US, six from the UK, two from Australia, two from Germany, two from Austria, one from the British Virgin Islands, one from the Cook Islands, two from Canada, one from Spain, one from Gibraltar and one from the Netherlands.
You can track the vessels here.