A close haven race

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

AL­MOST calm con­di­tions gret­ted the 11 yachts that con­tested the Close­haven Cup, race one of the Close­haven Ma­rina Tro­phy Se­ries.

A favourite course for many of the crew the port­side round­ing of both Low Isles and Snap­per Is­land looked to be an im­pos­si­bil­ity as the fleet strug­gled to find the gen­tle ze­phyrs that skipped across the start line.

How­ever, as the fleet headed out to­wards Low Isles the teas­ing breeze could be seen rip­pling across the flat sea in in­ter­vals in­di­cat­ing the prom­ise of an im­pend­ing lift as the crews all tried des­per­ately to gain mo­men­tum.

With a con­sis­tent breeze fi­nally set­tling in around mid­day the fleet had reached Low Isles with Shazam, Ice, Awanui and Ann Sea hav­ing some dis­tance on their ri­vals. Spin­nakers were raised for the down­wind run to Snap­per and Ca­sua­r­ina and Indigo soon be­gan to pick up their pace closely fol- lowed by Ruff Red, Sea Wizard, T-Break, Miriama and Port FM Mais Oui.

Shazam held the lead round­ing Snap­per with Awanui mov­ing into sec­ond ahead of Ice and as the af­ter­noon breeze lifted to the forecast 10 to 15 knots the race for the fin­ish was on.

Ann Sea moved into third and as the tail rounded Snap­per Indigo was ahead of Ca­sua­r­ina fol­lowed by Ruff Red, Sea Wizard and TBreak.

Port FM Mais Oui and Miriama re­tired.

Shazam held on to take line hon­ours ahead of Awanui, Ann Sea, Ice and Ca­sua­r­ina, with a break to Indigo, Ruff Red, Sea Wizard and T-Break.

Hand­i­cap cor­rected times pro­duced a dif­fer­ent story as again the lighter con­di­tions favoured the smaller boats.

Ruff Red claimed first prize ahead of T-Break and Awanui.

OFF AND RAC­ING:

Ice and Shazam at the start

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