Clean sweep for se­ries win­ner

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THE Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s ( WSC) XXXX se­ries wrapped up last week­end with a short off­shore race on Satur­day and a bay race on Sun­day.

Satur­day’s race took crews to Dou­ble Cones, around Ar­mit Is­land and back to the fin­ish in the front of the sail­ing club.

WSC sail­ing de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Tim Parker said while a light 8-10 knot breeze pre­vailed, the race started in Pi­o­neer Bay with just three knots of wind from the north.

Tulip (Bernie van’t Hof), was first back into the bay, man­ag­ing to fin­ish just af­ter 3pm.

Reig­ni­tion (Charles Wal­lis), was close be­hind, man­ag­ing to take hand­i­cap hon­ours from Tulip in sec­ond and Twister (Kevin Fog­a­rty) in third.

Just one-and-a-half min­utes be­hind them was Wob­bly Boot (Craig Pic­cinelli), in fourth place.

Al­though Trea­sure VIII (Harold Menelaus), fin­ished third across the line, a tough hand­i­cap meant a fi­nal fin­ish in fifth place.

Zippy (Bernie McEr­lane) and La Quil­ter (Heather Sut­ton), both per­se­vered, but pulled out when the wind dropped com­pletely.

Sun­day’s af­ter­noon bay race con­cluded the XXXX Se­ries in an eight-knot east/north­east breeze.

The boats set off on four laps around a wind­ward/lee­ward course, of just un­der 10 miles.

Tulip was first to fin­ish in un­der two hours, with Reig­ni­tion in sec­ond place and win­ning on line hon­ours.

For all re­sults visit www.whit­sun­day­sail­ing­club.com.au.

COM­PETI­TORS: XXXX rep­re­sen­ta­tive Amanda Fen­ner and com­pet­ing skip­pers Bernie McEr­lane, Charles Wal­lis, KevFog­a­rty and Bernie van't Hof.

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