Mixed bag of results in very light winds
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