Ann Sea the yacht to beat

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Po­sei­don Sail­away Club Cham­pi­onship cut up the waves on Satur­day for the five yachts that ven­tured forth in the mod­er­ate 17 to 20 knot south east­erly breeze.

Magic, Ice, Tau Ceti and Port FM Mais Oui chose reefed mains for re­duced sail and greater con­trol but un­der full sail se­ries leader Ann Sea set a blis­ter­ing pace to lead from start to fin­ish claim­ing line hon­ours in 01:16:17.

Magic held sec­ond through­out the course (01:23:18) as Ice (01:34:01), Port FM Mais Oui (01:35:48) and Tau Ceti (01:37:20) chopped and changed places around the three lap wind­ward lee­ward course.

The 21 min­utes be­tween the fleet on elapsed time was cut to just 10 min­utes on cor­rected time but the win was al­ready in the bag for Ann Sea record­ing her sec­ond win in as many starts for the Spring Se­ries.

Tau Ceti claimed sec­ond with Port FM Mais Oui ahead of Ice by just 22 sec­onds with Magic fifth.

The win con­firms Ann Sea as favourite for the Spring Se­ries but a tight race for the over­all Club Cham­pion is de­vel­op­ing be­tween Ann Sea skip­pered by Tim Preuss and cur­rent se­ries leader Port FM Mais Oui, the club owned J24 skip­pered by An­drew Walker.

There are four races still to run and five yachts are in with a chance of a share in the prize-money up for grabs in both se­ries. Rac­ing re­sumes on Novem­ber 12 al­low­ing for a short break for the an­nual spring cruis­ing sea­son.

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