Spring win­ner

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS - SAIL­ING

THE fi­nal two races of the Po­sei­don Sail­away Spring Se­ries brought into play two cru­cial dis­cards with each com­peti­tor able to dis­card their worst two re­sults from the eigh­trace se­ries.

With con­di­tions again gust­ing over 20 knots, five yachts crossed the start line of race seven with a chance at claim­ing the se­ries.

Magic was the only boat that dared to fly their spinnaker in the test­ing con­di­tions but as is of­ten the case the stronger gust­ing wind got the bet­ter of a hal­yard shackle cost­ing the team valu­able time to re­cover.

The set back did not stop them claim­ing an im­pres­sive 12th con­sec­u­tive line hon­ours win for the wind­ward lee­ward course.

Ann Sea crossed sec­ond ahead of Ice, Jim­mie Black­smith and Ruff Red. Cor­rected times gave the win to Ice (57:54) ahead of Ruff Red (59:51), Jim­mie Black­smith (01:00:27), Magic (01:01:34) and Ann Sea (01:03:16).

With a pos­si­ble se­ries win in their sights in race eight, Jim­mie Black­smith was un­avail­able for the fi­nal race and the re­main­ing four yachts came to the start with the wind and swell hav­ing slightly eased.

Ice sur­prised with a well timed start that al­most put them ahead of the fleet but Magic again rounded the top mark first to continue on to an­other line hon­ours win.

With the fleet only seven­teen min­utes apart on elapsed time the hand­i­cap cor­rected times nar­rowed it down to just over nine min­utes with Ice (55:18) se­cur­ing a dou­ble on the day to put Ruff Red (01:00:40) in sec­ond, 28 sec­onds ahead of Magic (01:01:08) and Ann Sea (01:04:04).

The dou­ble win for Ice failed to clinch the se­ries with Ruff Red (10) scor­ing two sec­onds to se­cure their first se­ries win ahead of Jim­mie Black­smith (11), putting Ice (14) in third ahead of Magic (16), Ann Sea (23) and Port FM Mais Oui (41).

RID­ING A WAVE: Justin Whyte

WIN­NING FEEL­ING: Ruff Red win­ning crew Sacha, Greg, Glenn, Robyn and Pete Pho­tos NEIL WEAVERS

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