Cairns to port Moresby Yacht Race
1988 Cairns to Port Moresby Yacht Race.
Chris Dahlberg  from Port Douglas.
Chris' boating experience started as a junior surf lifesaver at Seacliff in South Australia in 1960.
He learned to sail on Lake Burley Griffin and spent time on small boats with the Royal Australian Navy on the north coast of New Guinea. After some water skiing adventures in Singapore Chris joined RANSA in Rushcutters Bay after coming to live in Sydney and crewed on Balandra (Camper Nicholson 46) for the 1973 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. A two year stint in Port Moresby saw Chris take up power boating and in 1981 navigated Karana (Formosan 45) in the 1981 Cairns to Port Moresby Yacht Race.
Chris bought Ben Kelly (Roberts 30) in 1983 shortly before retirement from the services and spent the next 12 months getting to know the Queensland Coast from Southport to Cairns.

Port Douglas Yacht Club logo

Foundation Member engraving

Chris sailed into Port Douglas the day after Australia Day in 1985 and met Jim Wallace. The next few months were spent crewing on the Martin Cash and the first Quicksilver with a lot of other "yachties".
With the new marina to come on line it seemed there was potential for boat sales and Chris in 1986 became Port's first Yacht Broker.
Chris bought Concubine, a Cole 35, late in 1987 and set a record during the delivery taking 48h 30m to get from Hamilton Island to Port Douglas. She was fast and set the pace around the Port Douglas race fleet.
Concubine took part in the 1988 Cairns to Port Moresby Yacht Race where she came in 2 minutes behind Port Moresby's Peter Sharp's Farr "Instinct" the previous race winner on similar handicap.