Crew changes at twi­light race

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

A TO­TAL of 18 boats took to Pi­o­neer Bay for last Wed­nes­day’s Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club (WSC) twi­light race, where there were changes at the helm and even a shift in di­vi­sion.

In Di­vi­sion 1, Chee­tah (Steve Hal­ter) had a spe­cial guest skip­per, with Steve Jandt tak­ing the helm. WSC sail­ing de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Tim Parker said Jandt sailed the mul­ti­hull very well, com­ing third on both fin­ish and cor­rected times.

Mean­while Wild Thing (Keith Roberts) over­shot the start and had to re­turn and re-start the race. Quick­skips (Peter Mil­lar) con­se­quently led the fleet, win­ning on line hon­ours and cor­rected time.

In Di­vi­sion 2, Tulip had a change of skip­per, with owner Bernie Van’t Hof hand­ing the helm to Shan­non Hart.

Parker said Hart led the fleet but “didn’t get away as quickly as he should”.

“He did rea­son­ably well, but didn’t push the boat as well as Bernie night have,” he said.

Wob­bly Boot (Craig Picinelli) sailed an ex­cel­lent race, fin­ish­ing sev­enth over the line and scor­ing a first place re­sult on hand­i­cap.

In sec­ond place on hand­i­cap was Queens­land Marine Ser­vices (John Gal­loway), which Parker said “had a few ex­tra peo­ple on board, which might have im­proved his po­si­tion”.

In Di­vi­sion 3, Lorna Rose Too (Pete Mitchel­son), Syn­chronic­ity (Tom Parker) and Break­away (Rob Davis) all en­joyed a very close race.

“But the stronger breeze suited De­fi­ance (Mark Thomp­son) a lit­tle bit bet­ter and that gave them a first on cor­rected time,” Parker said.

Sand­piper, sailed by Chris Chen­gody, was a new ad­di­tion to Di­vi­sion 3, hav­ing pre­vi­ously com­peted in Di­vi­sion 2. The boat came last in Wed­nes­day’s race but with good rea­son, Parker said.

“It was her first race in Di­vi­sion 3 and her hand­i­cap was prob­a­bly a lit­tle bit tough to start with,” he said.

Twi­light rac­ing takes place ev­ery Wed­nes­day on Pi­o­neer Bay. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club on 4946 6138.

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