Magic rac­ing at Mag­gie

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Sail­ing Club boats Huahine (Nick Smail) and J’Ou­vert (Peter Berry) have been rep­re­sent­ing the re­gion at the 2013 Sealink Mag­netic Is­land Race Week, which wrapped up on Tues­day.

Nick Smail and his wife Michelle en­tered Huahine in the cruis­ing non-spin­naker di­vi­sion and en­joyed a very suc­cess­ful re­gatta, with first, sec­ond, fifth and third place re­sults. At the end of the re­gatta Huahine placed sec­ond over­all in the di­vi­sion, which Smail said was a great re­sult.

“We’ve had a very en­joy­able re­gatta,” he said.

“They’re very hos­pitable up here. The weather’s been great, the beer’s cold – it’s all good.”

The Smails sailed north af­ter Air­lie Beach Race Week with fel­low Whit­sun­day res­i­dent Adrian Pelt as crew. Other Whit­sun­day sailors who were able to join them dur­ing the re­gatta in­cluded Kathryn Gal­loway and Sheree Pa­parone. Af­ter very light winds at both Air­lie Beach and Hamil­ton Is­land race weeks, Smail said the breeze fi­nally picked up at Mag­netic Is­land with a “very windy last race”. He said the crew would be head­ing home when the wind died down and af­ter a few cold, cel­e­bra­tory drinks.

Mean­while J’Ou­vert placed fifth over­all in the mul­ti­hull di­vi­sion. Skip­per Pete Berry said the crew did not sail the last race but over­all it was a “fan­tas­tic re­gatta”.

ON THE BREEZE: Michelle Smail, Anne Mu­gavin, Denise Br­uschweiler, Kathryn Gal­loway, Sheree Pa­parone and Nick Smail (on the helm) sail­ing Whit­sun­day boat Huahine in the 2013 Sealink Mag­netic Is­land Race Week.

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