Perfect conditions for ABRW final day
THE 24th Abell Point Marina Airlie Beach Race Week wrapped up last week as the breeze finally arrived for the last day of racing on Friday.
It was Whitsunday sailing at its best with 10-15 knots from the south-east, a manageable swell and good racing around Pioneer Bay for the 110-boat fleet across the 11 divisions.
The multihulls, sports boats, IRC racing and cruising divisions were sent off on the traditional large triangle Pioneer Bay Race in the pleasant conditions.
The performance racing division were sent off on a quick windward/leeward race, before starting the large triangle Pioneer Bay race.
The course was shortened at the final Pioneer mark rounding.
Below is a list of top place getters in each divisions.
In OMR Division 1, Chris Williams’s Morticia won with a clean sweep of six races.
OMR Division 2 was won by Andrew Stransky and his family on Fantasia who finished on six points.
OMR Division 3 was a very close contest with Tony Richardson’s Pocahontas coming out in front with 10 points, just one ahead of Mike Willcocks’s Hot Option.
The PHS Multihull Division was won by Clare and Wayne Kirby’s Clear Horizons.
There were many winners on Friday, but in the smallest boats of the fleet, it was Noel Leigh-Smith’s Viper QLD that took the trophy in the sports boat division after placing no worse than third on handicap across the fleet’s nine races.
Leigh-Smith said the week couldn’t have gone better.
“It’s the first time we have sailed the boat. My son, Ben, has worked very hard on it and Phil KellondKnight, who has been sailing with me for 33 years, has also been racing,” he said.
The Performance Racing Division had two races Friday, starting with a one nautical mile windward/ leeward course.
The start was very conservative for all of the nine-boat fleet. Ichi Ban and Menace continued their boat-on-boat battle around the course, while Roger Jepson’s Melbourne team on Where’s Wal? did a superb job in the stronger breeze to take out handicap honours.
The division’s second race was the large triangle Pioneer Bay race, shortened at the second rounding of the Pioneer mark.
At the finish line it was Martin Power’s Bacardi that took out handicap honours ahead of Kevin Fogarty’s Twister.
On overall results after seven races and one discard, first place stayed in the hands of Philip Grove’s Huntress from Sydney.
Brad and Craig Ginnivan gathered their friends together for a week of 50th birthday celebrations and between various birthday antics, they sailed the charter boat Fifty shades of 50 to first place overall in Division 1.
In Division 2, Bill Hopton’s Mistery finally secured his first place with 29 points, moving early leader, James Irvine’s Mayfair out of the top and into second place.
Cruising Division 3 was won by Andrew Barney’s Barney Army, crewed by Andrew, his wife Carmen and their three children, Hayden, Jordan and Ayla.
Whitsunday Sailing Club Commodore Rob Davis and his team on Breakaway sailed well to secure second place overall.
This year the top three boats in the Cruising Non-Spinnaker were all locals; Dan White’s Riff Raff, Peter Harrison’s Rumgutz and John Galloway’s QLD Marine Services.
The IRC Racing Division’s race on Friday was a battle between the old and the new. Gary McCarthy’s Brilliant Pearl, previously owned by Howard Piggott was up against the clock and Piggott’s new boat Flying Cloud. Brilliant Pearl was aggressive on the start line with Flying Cloud close on its stern across the line. Brilliant Pearl tacked away to port while Flying Cloud stayed to starboard.
On handicap first place went to Flying Cloud, just three minutes ahead of Brilliant Pearl on corrected over the five hour race. The final overall result for IRC was first place to Flying Cloud on 15 points. On a count back and in second was Bernie Van’T Hof’s Tulip with 16 points. In third and also on 16 points, was Brilliant Pearl.
The full results can be found at www.airlieraceweek.com.
LOCAL WINNERS: Riff Raff were the only local boat to win their division at Airlie Beach Race Week, taking out the Cruising Non-Spinnaker division. Pictured here are (back) Grant Dale, Jodie Travers, Dan White, Paul Daker, David Dias, Nikki Abbott and (front) Liana Canithi and Tiny Thompson.