Sum­mer se­ries heats up as foul weather threat­ens

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE eight yachts that set sail in Race 6 of the Po­sei­don Sail­away Sum­mer Se­ries had to con­tend with an af­ter­noon of recorded winds rang­ing from five to 27 knots.

Af­ter an­other close start the first wind­ward leg was a typ­i­cal beat zig-zag­ging up to the wind­ward mark.

Magic led the way with Ann Sea hot on her tail into the sec­ond lap.

Tau Ceti broke away from Miriama, Ice, Big Ears and Ruff Red as Indigo be­gan to make up for an­other late start.

The lead chopped and changed hands as Magic and Ann Sea led the fleet around the course in a very close con­test.

By the third lap, the shift­ing wind had changed the game as both the up­wind beat and down­wind run be­came a good reach in the mod­er­ate wind caused by a pass­ing storm. As quick as it came up, the wind was Satur­day gone and sev­eral boats found them­selves strug­gling to hold course as the breeze dropped down to sin­gle fig­ures.

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