Yachties set sail in sum­mer se­ries

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - SAM SMALL­BONE

SKIP­PERS set sail over the week­end at the Po­sei­don Sail­away Club Cham­pi­onship Sum­mer Se­ries in light air and very heavy skies.

Nine yachts lined up across the start­ing line to be­gin the race in noth­ing more than a breath of wind and by the sec­ond leg the breeze dropped com­pletely, leav­ing most the fleet mo­tion­less.

Port Dou­glas Yacht Club rear com­modore Mick Gwilliams was im­pressed by the num­ber of lo­cal boats in the race.

“This was a much bet­ter race then last year with nine boats on the start­ing line. One of the boats had never raced with us be­fore and an­other had only raced once, which was last year,” he said.

“It was great to see a lot more of the lo­cal boats get in­volved. We didn’t have a lot of wind on the day but it brings the skill out in sailors to move their boats in very light wind.”

Magic nar­rowly es­caped dis­as­ter on the start­ing line when cross­ing sev­eral bows to steal the favoured wind­ward po­si­tion.

The light air shifted be­tween all points of the com­pass and Magic crossed the line in first place with a record­ing time of 1h 25m 25s.

Magic skip­per Doug Ryan was all smiles af­ter the race and won a bot­tle of Bund­aberg Rum.

“It was a great day we started off with a bit of breeze at the start of the race, it died off af­ter the sec­ond leg and a lot of the fleet were caught in flat con­di­tions,” he said.

The rest of the stranded fleet were forced to try ev­ery trick in the book to main­tain any boat speed to sail across the line.

Ann Sea was next to cross (2:07:10) fol­lowed by the Yacht Club’s J24 Mais Oui (2:25:00) in third po­si­tion.

As the breeze kicked in Kara- gun, Ice, White­cap and Tau Ceti were next across the line af­ter they watched in dis­be­lief as Indigo, the only cata­ma­ran in the race be­gan to take ad­van­tage of the new breeze.

The boats con­verged on the top mark but again the shift­ing wind took its toll as most be­came caught in irons at­tempt­ing the round­ing.

Af­ter heavy rain Indigo and Tau Ceti fell just min­utes short of the al­lot­ted three hour com­ple­tion and with Kai Lani pulling out only six boats recorded a fin­ish.

The Sum­mer Se­ries con­tin­ues on Jan­uary 22.

Pho­tos by NEIL WEAVERS

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