Club’s latest race has cruising pace
NINE boats joined the Whitsunday Sailing Club’s inaugural cruising race on Saturday, July 6.
With 8-10 knots of wind from the south-east, the course was set from the start around North Molle Island and back to Airlie Beach.
The fleet sailed well out of Pioneer Bay but the wind, although forecast to increase, dropped significantly, leaving many boats almost drifting home to the finish.
These conditions suited the racing-style yachts much better than their cruising competitors but participants nonetheless said they had a good time. In fact three of the cruising yachts sailed through the finish line and continued on to Woodwark Bay.
In a break from tradition, prizes were awarded for second, fourth and seventh places. Reignition (Charles Wallis) scored second place, Synchronicity (Tom Parker) came in on fourth place and seventh place went to Yandeena (Mick Wright).
Take Flight (Mike Keyte), sailed very well under spinnaker, but the boat and her crew were ineligible for any prizes.
With the success of this latest initiative, the Whitsunday Sailing Club is already planning to hold more cruising races throughout the year. Dates will be posted on the club website www.whitsundaysailingclub.com.au and in the Whitsunday Times.
CRUISING PACE: Local boat Take Flight skippered by Mike Keyte, creates a spectacular sight against the backdrop of Airlie during Saturday's inaugural Whitsunday Sailing Club cruising race. Photo by Shirley Wodson Photography.