Ice re­tains frosty grip in yacht race se­ries

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

RACE three of the Po­sei­don Sail­away Club Cham­pi­onship Win­ter Se­ries pro­vided near per­fect con­di­tions for the six yachts that crossed the start line.

The steady 12 to 15 knots breeze and slight sea state soon had the yachts pow­er­ing up to the top mark and Ice set the pace pulling away from Magic and Ann Sea.

In a strong re­turn to club rac­ing Jim­mie Black­smith was again never too far be­hind as a close con­test de­vel­oped through­out the fleet.

Each time spin­nakers were hoisted for the down­wind runs Ann Sea re­gained some ground on Ice but could not catch her ri­val on the wind­ward beats with Ice hold­ing on to take her first line hon­ours vic­tory of 2012.

Af­ter three laps of the course Magic crossed the line third with a great ef­fort from the crew sail­ing with­out their reg­u­lar skip­per just five min­utes ahead of Jim­mie Black­smith. Port FM Mais Oui main­tained a lead over Tau Ceti.

Fi­nal po­si­tions on hand­i­cap were Ice first, Jim­mie Black­smith sec­ond and Port FM Mais Oui third fol­lowed by Ann Sea, Tau Ceti and Magic.

Ice (4) main­tains a grip on the Win­ter Se­ries ahead of Jim­mie Black­smith (7) and Port FM Mais Oui (8).

Af­ter 11 races of the over­all club cham­pi­onship se­ries Ann Sea (35) holds the lead over Magic (38) and Ice (41).

Rac­ing con­tin­ues this Satur­day with race 4 and race 5.

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing the fun and ex­cite­ment of yacht rac­ing can con­tact the club to be­come in­volved.

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