Club com­mends lo­cal boats

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THE Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club has con­grat­u­lated lo­cal skip­pers, who led the pack against some of the best sailors in Aus­tralia at this year’s Abell Point Ma­rina Air­lie Beach Race Week.

WSC pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Heidi Wal­ton said club mem­ber and re­gatta par­tic­i­pant Dan White of Riff Raff was one of many stand-out per­form­ers dur­ing the Au­gust event.

Riff Raff sailed con­sis­tently well through­out the se­ries tak­ing first place over­all in the cruis­ing non spin­naker di­vi­sion. WSC boats also took the re­main­ing ma­jor places in this di­vi­sion with Rumgutz (Peter Har­ri­son) in sec­ond and Queens­land Marine Ser­vices (John Gal­loway) third.

WSC com­modore and re­gatta chair­man Rob Davis skip­pered his yacht Break­away to a sec­ond place re­sult in cruis­ing di­vi­sion 3. An­other top per­former was Tulip (Bernie van’t Hof), who com­peted in the hotly con­tested IRC di­vi­sion and placed sec­ond over­all.

In the Aus­tralian Mul­ti­hull Cham­pi­onships, which ran in con­junc­tion with race week, Over­drive skip­pered by Ru­pert King, came third over­all in the OMR 2 di­vi­sion.

In per­for­mance rac­ing, the Jut­son 43 An­other Fi­asco (Damian Suck­ling) came sec­ond in the di­vi­sion and also took out the tro­phy for Best Per­formed Lo­cal Boat.

“We are all thrilled and thank you ev­ery­one who sup­ported us,” skip­per Suck­ling said on the yacht’s Face­book page.

With 110 com­pet­i­tive yachts from around the na­tion com­ing to Air­lie Beach for the big­gest keel­boat re­gatta off Queens­land’s main­land, WSC sail­ing de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Tim Parker said there were quite a few big-name boats for lo­cals to con­tend with.

“All our lo­cal yachts sailed very well and we are ex­tremely proud of their achieve­ments,” he said.

Full re­sults from the 2013 re­gatta are avail­able at www.air­lier­ace­

TOP PER­FORM­ERS: An­other Fi­asco, skip­pered by Damien Suck­ling, came sec­ond over­all in the per­for­mance rac­ing di­vi­sion and took out the tro­phy for Best Per­formed Lo­cal Boat at this year's Abell Point Ma­rina Air­lie Beach Race Week.

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