Ann Sea sets sail
THE Poseidon Sailaway Club Championship concluded with a double-header to round off the Spring Series on Saturday.
Race five started in good conditions and a steady sea that provided a very close contest between Ann Sea and Magic as the two yachts led the fleet around the three-lap course.
Ann Sea having held off Magic throughout the race finally surrendered the lead on the final downwind leg allowing Magic to take line honours.
Corrected times, however, awarded the race to Ann Sea ahead of Magic, Ice, Port FM Mais Oui and Ruff Red.
Cairns visiting yacht Groove joined the fleet for race six and immediately set the pace leaving the locals in her wake as the experienced crew showed off their skills.
Magic having switched head sails put the morning’s struggle with Ann Sea behind her as the fleet split consid- erably in the dying south easterly breeze.
Groove took line honours in 1:25:30, eight minutes ahead of Magic who in turn was 10 minutes ahead of Ann Sea.
With the wind falling out on the final lap for the remaining yachts, Ruff Red did not finish and Ice and Port FM Mais Oui were out of contention.
Groove held on to the win on corrected time ahead of Magic 2nd and Ann Sea 3rd.
The final results of the day’s racing gave back-to-back Spring Series wins to Ann Sea (6) ahead of Magic (7) and Ice (11) with Port FM Mais Oui (16) and Ruff Red (16) tied for fourth.
In what’s tipped to be a very close finish to the 18 race 2011 Poseidon Sailaway Club Championship with three yachts in contention, Port FM Mais Oui, Magic, and Ann Sea must now await the announcement of the results at the Yacht Club on December 17 when the 2011 Club Champion will be revealed.
Close contest: Groove leads the yachts out on Saturday