T-break lead­ing in Ma­rina se­ries

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

EIGHT yachts set sail in the first round of the eight race Close­haven Ma­rina Tro­phy Se­ries with a course round­ing Low Isles and Snap­per Is­land that proved to be one of the clos­est fought con­tests in re­cent times.

Magic and Ann Sea set the pace pulling away from Ice and Tau Ceti with new­comer Ian Overell on Winkali in hot pur­suit fol­lowed by Port FM Mais Oui, Miriama and T-break.

The gen­tle south-east breeze pro­vided a com­fort­able reach on the first leg to Low Isles and as the boats turned to­wards Snap­per Is­land spin­nakers were hoisted for the down­wind run. Magic was first to round both is­lands with Ann Sea on her tail and the rest of the fleet not far be­hind.

The af­ter­noon breeze lifted with gusts up to 20 knots as Magic crossed the line first in 04:19:04 fol­lowed by Ann Sea (04:31:03) and Tau Ceti (04:51:50). How­ever, the fresh­en­ing breeze lifted the hopes of the tail com­ing home with stronger wind for the re­main­der of the race.

With an av­er­age elapsed time of 04:57:54 hand­i­cap cor­rected times nar­rowed the dif­fer­ence in elapsed time of the fleet from 01:15:11 to just 00:10:19.

The first three boats on hand­i­cap and four crew mem­bers drawn from the fleet shared in an in­no­va­tive prize pool of $500 credit to spend at the yacht club cour­tesy of race spon­sor John Mor­ris and Close­haven Ma­rina.

On cor­rected times T-break (03:18:53) claimed the Close­haven Cup tro­phy ahead of Miriama (03:21:35) and Magic (03:22:04). Fourth was Port FM Mais Oui (03:23:10) then Tau Ceti (03:24:17), Ann Sea (03:27:21), Winkali (03:27:59) and Ice (03:29:13).

The Close­haven Ma­rina Tro­phy Se­ries con­tin­ues on April 21 with the Keith Quinn Me­mo­rial Tro­phy Fun Race.

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