Christ­mas Magic to wrap up the sea­son

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE fi­nal race of the 2011 yacht rac­ing cal­en­dar the Christ­mas Cup was held on Satur­day with the on­set of the sum­mer norther­lies play­ing havoc with the best ef­forts of the crews that braved the scorch­ing heat and light air for the pas­sage around Low Isles.

Eight yachts came to the start but only five man­aged to make it as far as Low Isles as the vari­able 5 to 10 knot breeze dropped in and out and skipped around most points of the com­pass.

The skill of the sailors was put to the test in the chal­leng­ing con­di­tions as Ann Sea and Magic showed the way tack­ing back and forth in the os­cil­lat­ing breeze.

The fleet con­verged on the south­ern side of Low Isles for the port­side round­ing but Magic and Ann Sea had opened up a con­sid­er­able lead ahead of Ice, Whitecap and Sea Wiz­ard.

Miriama, Ruff Red and Im­pact had to con­cede the wind strength was never go­ing to be suf­fi­cient and pulled out when it be­came clear they would never com­plete the course in time.

As the two lead boats hoisted their spin­nakers for the run home a close con­test de­vel­oped east of Low Isles as Whitecap and Sea Wiz­ard were hot on the tail of Ice round­ing the is­land.

Magic took line hon­ours in 05:04:36, dou­ble the time usu­ally taken in a steady sou’easter, to be 10 min­utes ahead of Ann Sea with Ice, Whitecap and Sea Wiz­ard a full hour be­hind.

Ann Sea tried every­thing to rein in her ri­val but cor­rected times gave the win to Magic by just 48 sec­onds with Ann Sea sec­ond and a great sail from Bob White on Sea Wiz­ard claim­ing third.

Congratulations to Doug Ryan for a third con­sec­u­tive win of the Christ­mas Cup sail­ing Magic.

Close rac­ing: the Port Dou­glas Christ­mas Cup on Satur­day

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