Yachties set sail in summer series
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.
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