Mixed bag of re­sults in very light winds

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

HAMIL­TON Is­land Race Week had a tricky start to the third day of com­pe­ti­tion on Tues­day be­fore the fleet rested up at yes­ter­day’s lay-day.

For most of the 157-boat fleet Tues­day’s var­ied is­land cour­ses were a leisurely me­an­der af­ter some stop­ping and start­ing.

The MC38s started their pro­gram in Whit­sun­day Pas­sage only to have the breeze col­lapse and the race aban­doned.

The race­track was moved to the east of Hamil­ton Is­land where the best of the day awaited, a 10 knot SE breeze al­low­ing the com­ple­tion of two races. Cruis­ing Di­vi­sion 1 boats were sent off the line be­fore the north-east breeze swung through to the south­east and killed the breeze.

That race was also aban­doned then the pause but­ton was pushed, the AP flag fly­ing while the course was changed.

IRC Rac­ing, IRC Pas­sage and the Per­for­mance Rac­ing di­vi­sions com­pleted is­land cour­ses, Wild Oats XI lead­ing Wild Thing to the fin­ish mak­ing it three from three line hon­ours tri­umphs.

The IRC Rac­ing hand­i­cap prize be­longed to Dar­ryl Hodgkin­son and his Cook­son 50 Vic­toire which en­joyed a leg stretch as they chewed through the ocean miles, and their op­po­nents.

While they recorded a fourth to­day, Andy Kear­nan’s L’Al­tra Donna is still lead­ing the hotly con­tested IRC Pas­sage di­vi­sion 2 af­ter three races.

It was a big boat race for Cruis­ing Di­vi­sion 1 hon­ours with Ham­mer of Queens­land tak­ing out the top re­sult.

Mary and Robert Kelly’s im­mac­u­late car­bon fi­bre and fi­bre­glass Farr one-off, Vi­rago II, which was built for Alan Bond in the 1990s, placed third be­hind Eureka II.

In the MC38s one-de­sign di­vi­sion there have been five races and five dif­fer­ent win­ners.

The team­work came to­gether to­day on Cone of Si­lence helmed by Jono Mor­ris with Michael Coxon call­ing tac­tics.

The most breeze of the week is fore­cast early this morn­ing, a 20 knot southerly which is ex­pected to ease to 12-15 knots from the SE for the re­sump­tion of rac­ing to­day.

The com­pe­ti­tion at the 30th an­niver­sary of Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week wraps up this Satur­day.

CLOSE BE­HIND: Vic­to­rie shad­ows Wild Oats X dur­ing rac­ing ac­tion at this week's 30th Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week. Photo An­drea Francolini

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