Ann Sea claims ti­tle

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

SAILORS raced in the fi­nal heat of the 2011 Poseidon Sail­away Club Cham­pi­onship Sum­mer Se­ries last week­end with seven yachts to the start­ing line.

The yachts sailed in mod­er­ate winds caus­ing some crews to opt for reefed mains and smaller head­sails.

The pace was again set by Magic and Ann Sea with Port FM Mais Oui fly­ing the club boats new head­sail hot on their heels.

Whitecap and Ice fought a close race with Whitecap able to pull away from her ri­val on the sec­ond lap but she could not match the speed of the top three.

Tau Ceti showed that she could be the dark horse in the re­main­ing se­ries as the crew started nar­row­ing the gap be­tween their ri­vals. Indigo strug­gled in the fi­nal stages to cross the line as the shift­ing winds played tricks on the mul­ti­hull.

Magic crossed the line first ahead of Ann Sea but nei­ther had enough of a lead over Port Fm Mais Oui as the J24 turned a 9m 46s elapsed time deficit into a 3m 20s ad­van­tage to claim first on hand­i­cap.

Magic took sec­ond po­si­tion with Ann Sea in third po­si­tion but the hold on the se­ries lead of Ann Sea looked as the crews re­turned to the club to await the re­sults.

Whitecap held on to fourth po­si­tion fol­lowed by Ice 5th, Tau Ceti 6th and Indigo 7th. Top three places for the Sum­mer Se­ries went to Ann Sea in first place on 5.5 points fol­lowed by Port FM Mais Oui on 6.5 and Magic on 8.

The Poseidon Sail­away Club Cham­pi­onship re­sumes with the start of the Win­ter Se­ries on June 11th.

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