CELEBRATING the inland town’s quirky name, this weekend Cape Clear is holding its second biennial inland yacht race.
The Slownet Cape Clear Inland Yacht Race encourages residences to design their own yacht, which are then raced with two people by foot, Flintstones style, to a mock light house and back, about 100 metres, to the starting line at the town’s recreation reserve.
Cape Clear Primary School pupils have been working on their designs over the past few weeks and will have three yachts competing on the day.
Principal Christian Brown said the pupils designed and painted the yachts themselves.
“One yacht, we said, should have a school theme, so the kids decide to make one like a school bus,” Mr Brown said.
“One has a seascape theme and one is a fish. Lots of pupils will race them on the day.”
Pupil Riley Caldow had the winning design of the seascape.
“I thought of doing a sea design because yachts are usually on the sea, apart from in this race,” he said.
Cape Clear community committee Craig Cook said the race was based on the Fastnet yacht race in the UK, where yachts race from Brighton to Cape Clear Island.
“We’re just hoping we get as many coming as last year,” Mr Cook said.
Mr Cook competed in the race two years ago, but said he wouldn’t race this year.
In 2008, the town’s lighthouse was erected, embracing the name that it was a cape offshore.