Twi­light tough to beat

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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