Per­fect con­di­tions for ABRW fi­nal day

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

Mul­ti­hulls

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.

Sports boats

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.

Per­for­mance Rac­ing

Cruis­ing

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.

IRC Rac­ing

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.

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