Club’s lat­est race has cruis­ing pace

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.whit­sun­day­sail­ing­ 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.

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