Close­haven Cup de­cided

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

EIGHT yachts came to the start for the sin­gle divi­sion open class Close­haven Cup on the waters off Port Dou­glas on the week­end.

The fleet in­cluded Groove, skip­pered by Belinda Cooper vis­it­ing from Cairns Yacht Club and new ad­di­tion to the lo­cal fleet Is­land Girl, with Leon Paul at the helm.

The early morn­ing land breeze gave way to the fore­cast south easterly right on cue and the fleet beat into the breeze round­ing the wind­ward mark be­fore reach­ing to Low Isles.

Groove was first to round the mark, closely fol­lowed by Magic.

Port FM Mais Oui moved into third pass­ing Ann Sea.

The fleet be­gan to spread out as the yachts raced to­wards the north­ern shores of Low Isles.

Magic took the lead from Groove and Ice made up ground, mov­ing to third as Ann Sea re­claimed her lead over Port FM Mais Oui. Is­land Girl, Tau Ceti and Indigo fol­lowed. Magic was first around Low Isles and led the field down to the fi­nal buoy.

Spin­nakers were set to take ad­van­tage of the shift­ing east­er­lies on the run home.

Groove, only a boat length be­hind Magic, pow­ered up on round­ing the mark and the vis­i­tors took the lead on the fi­nal down­wind run to the fin­ish, claim­ing line hon­ours with a time of 4:23:10.

Magic was sec­ond over the line in 4:24:50 with Ice third in 4:40:44, fol­lowed by Ann Sea, Port FM Mais Oui, Is­land Girl, Tau Ceti and Indigo.

Cor­rected times brought the top six boats within 11 min­utes of each other. On hand­i­cap, Groove was edged out to third and Magic sec­ond by the 2011 Close­haven Cup hand­i­cap win­ners Mick and He­len Gwilliams on Ice.

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