Three Peaks break means quiet Easter

IT will be pretty quiet at Beauty Point this Easter with the Australian Three Peaks Race taking a year off, but organisers of the unique endurance sailing and running event are confident it will be back bigger and better in 2015.

The annual sailing and mountain running race celebrated its 25th anniversary last year with a field of just 12 teams and it was announced in August that it wouldn't be held in 2014.

The start of the race at Beauty Point each Good Friday regularly attracted more than 5000 spectators and its visits to Flinders Island and Coles Bay had become major community events.

Race chairman Terry Travers said the difficult economic times had resulted in some sponsors pulling out and some long-term supporters had retired.

 ``We're hopeful that next week we can make an announcement about the race for 2015,'' Mr Travers said.

``Taking a break for a year gives us a chance to revitalise the event and take the essential elements of the concept and give it a bit of a modern makeover.''

Mr Travers said the organising committee of seven had been reassessing the management of the event and was looking for ways to utilise technology to reduce costs and the manpower required to run the race.

He admitted there had been some disharmony on the previous committee.

It was time for a refresh, he said.

West Tamar Mayor Barry Easther said an alternative on-shore event had been considered for Beauty Point this Good Friday.

``With the Three Peaks race off, some of us weren't all that confident that an event there would generate a lot of interest,'' Cr Easther said.

The Port Dalrymple Yacht Club, which had been involved in the organisation of the race, is no longer represented on the committee.

Commodore Jack Wells said the club hadn't scheduled any events at Beauty Point this Easter.

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