Tight competition in Slipway Series
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.