NEWSPORT DAILY-On Saturday, Four Mile Beach will buzz at the finish line of the GBROC Boat Competition

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“This race is unique in that it is the longest downwind run. On a good day the boats can surf all the way through the swell towards Port Douglas,” commented Charlie McKillop, President of the Hekili Outriggers Canoe Club Cairns and organizer of the event.

A hydrofoil star competes

For the first time, James Casey, who holds a hydrofoil world record, will be competing. He is believed to be the first to cross the line on Saturday riding his spectacular surfboard which is lifted out of the water by submerged fenders.

“When James rides the hydrofoil, visually he looks out of this world. If he catches a swell, he will travel up to 25 miles per hour,” Charlie said.

Our Port Douglas team

The sport has attracted participants from as far away as Sydney but includes our own Port Douglas team.

Ingrid Juchem, President, Outrigger Canoe Club Port Douglas has attended the event eight times. From Yorkeys Knob even through the sea mist the finish line is visible. “For me, it’s something comforting. I say to myself ‘I’m going home’”.

Still, this year might be his toughest. She has assembled a team of ten women and so far she has been canoeing with only one of them.

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