Tight com­pe­ti­tion in Slip­way Se­ries

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THE Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s an­nual Shute Har­bour Slip­way Shot­gun Se­ries took place on Sun­day in a 10-12 knot southerly breeze.

Rac­ing started at 11am, with three races held back to back on Pi­o­neer Bay and $1000 prize money up for grabs.

Rum Raider and Quick­skips, sailed by broth­ers Scott and Peter Mil­lar, bat­tled ev­ery race in Di­vi­sion 1.

Ex­cel­lent crew work was ev­i­dent on both boats, with Peter Mil­lar on Quick­skips win­ning two of the three races to beat his brother over­all on the day.

In Di­vi­sion 3, Denis Win­stan­ley bought his boat Jump, an SB3, from Hamil­ton Is­land, to com­pete against the Air­lie fleet.

Win­stan­ley started bril­liantly to win the first race ahead of Break­away (Rob Davis) and Anthea (Dewi Hughes).

Abet­ter start in race two saw Break­away lead the fleet, but by the top mark, Anthea and Jump were within two boat lengths and all three com­peti­tors tus­sled their way around the re­main­der of the course.

Anthea even­tu­ally won race two, with Break­away in sec­ond and Jump close be­hind in third place.

Jump had the best start on the pin end for race three, al­though Break­away tried to sneak through on a port tack, in front of the big­ger boats.

La Quil­ter (Heather Sut­ton), en­joyed a good start, and climbed to third place, with Break­away in sec­ond and Anthea first.

Jump had to with­draw from the race af­ter break­ing a spreader on the down­ward leg.

Shute Har­bour Slip­way of­fice man­ager Josce­lyn O’Keefe said the slip­way was proud to sup­port this se­ries as a way of giv­ing back to the lo­cal sail­ing com­mu­nity.

“It’s also a nice warm up for Air­lie Beach Race Week in Au­gust, get­ting the teams to­gether to prac­tise and it’s some­thing we in­tend to carry on spon­sor­ing in the fu­ture,” she said.

WSC sail­ing de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Tim Parker said it was great to have a Hamil­ton Is­land boat rac­ing in the fleet. He said any vis­it­ing skip­pers want­ing to sail in any of the club’s reg­u­lar events are wel­come.

SKIP­PERS: Dewi Hughes, Graeme Win­stan­ley, Tim Parker, Peter Mil­lar, Heather Sut­ton, Rob Davis and Scott Mil­lar af­ter the Shute Har­bour Slip­way Shot­gun se­ries pre­sen­ta­tion on Sun­day.

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