Steady breeze for yachts

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

FIVE yachts came to the 10am start of race 4 in a steady breeze and slight sea with pre­dic­tions of an es­ca­lat­ing wind.

And Port’s own Doug Ryan re­turn­ing to the helm of Magic soon had the fleet in his wake and recorded an im­pres­sive line hon­ours win lead­ing from the start.

Spin­naker prob­lems ham­pered Ann Sea on the sec­ond leg suc­cumb­ing to the chal­lenge from Ice as Port FM Mais Oui again held out Tau Ceti.

Af­ter three laps of the one nau­ti­cal mile wind­ward/ lee­ward course, cor­rected time al­lowed Ice to edge ahead of Magic with Port FM Mais Oui third fol­lowed by Ann Sea and Tau Ceti.

As the yachts hit the waves for the af­ter­noon race, the pre­dicted change in the weather had ar­rived rais­ing the swell and lift­ing the breeze.

With many gusts reach­ing more than 20 knots, the fleet beat around the same course in much faster times. Af­ter tak­ing a penalty for cross­ing the line early, Magic quickly made amends and again hit the lead hotly pur­sued by Ann Sea with Ice, Port FM Mais Oui and Tau Ceti close be­hind.

Hold­ing on to take their sec­ond line hon­ours for the day, the crew of Magic cut 22 min­utes off their morn­ing race time but it wasn’t enough to hold the win on hand­i­cap cor­rected time. Ice again snatched the win to put Magic in sec­ond, 35 sec­onds ahead of Ann Sea in third fol­lowed by Port FM Mais Oui and Tau Ceti.

The Win­ter Se­ries is now firmly in the grip of Ice (6) from Port FM Mais Oui (15) and Magic (19) with a tie in the over­all Po­sei­don Sail­away Club Cham­pi­onship be­tween Ann Sea (42) and Magic (42) ahead of Ice (43).

The Se­ries con­tin­ues this Satur­day with Race 6.

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