Yachties brave wet con­di­tions

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

TYP­I­CAL wet sea­son weather couldn’t stop eight boats from lin­ing up to con­test race five of the 2011 Poseidon Sail­away Club Cham­pi­onship Sum­mer Se­ries on the week­end.

With light breezes and flat seas, Port FM Mais Oui took ad­van­tage of the con­di­tions more suited to the smaller yacht and bolted to a com­mand­ing lead.

How­ever, as the winds picked up and the swell be­gan to lift, her lead was cut back and by the sec­ond leg Magic and Ann Sea had passed their smaller ri­val.

An ap­proach­ing storm from the south east lifted the winds above 20 knots and the driv­ing rain made vis­i­bil­ity dif­fi­cult.

Three yachts (Kar­ra­gun, Ice and Indigo) re­tired leav­ing Tau Ceti, Whitecap, Port FM Mais Oui, Ann Sea and Magic to brave the el­e­ments.

Magic again dis­played why she is the boat to beat, cross­ing the line ahead of Ann Sea but only man­aged sec­ond place on cor­rected time.

With one race left to de­cide the Sum­mer Se­ries Ann Sea has one hand on the tro­phy.

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