Crew changes at twilight race
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.