Ann Sea sets sail

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Close con­test: Groove leads the yachts out on Satur­day

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