Twilight tough to beat
ABOUT 120 people took part in last week’s Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) twilight race, featuring 20 boats across three divisions.
Overdrive (Rupert King), enjoyed the best start in Division 1 and led the fleet around the first lap.
Rum Raider (Scott Millar), chased hard and eventually passed Overdrive to finish three-anda-half minutes ahead, winning on corrected time by just one second.
Confusion reigned over the start of Division 2 when the breeze shifted to the right. Reignition (Charles Wallis), was able to luff up higher and hold the lead against Tulip (Bernie van’t Hof) and Wobbly Boot (Craig Piccinelli). Treasure VIII (Harold Menelaus), avoided the confusion but was held up further down the line and forced across early, having to restart.
Eventually, all boats got under way with Tulip sailing back through the fleet to win line honours. Nonetheless no one was able to make up enough time to catch the Reignition crew.
Queensland Marine Services (John Galloway), took second place, ahead of Another Fiasco (Damian Suckling), in third.
The three Clubman 8 yachts in Division 3 led the way around the course with Lorna Rose Too (Pete Mitchelson), first across the line. Synchronicity, (Tom Parker) came second and Kameruka (Bob and Mark Beale), was third.
The stronger wind suited Defiance (Mark Thompson) and Bob (Josh Leppard), allowing them to take the first two places on corrected time. Kameruka filled the third spot, beating the other two Clubman 8’s on handicap.
WSC sailing director Tim Parker said on corrected time the top five boats were only 45 seconds apart.