Off­shore se­ries to wrap up on Satur­day

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THE third and fi­nal race in the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s (WSC) Whit­sun­day Ocean Ser­vices Short Off­shore Se­ries will be held this Satur­day, Septem­ber 14.

WSC sail­ing de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Tim Parker said this was a se­ries of races around the closer is­lands al­low­ing com­peti­tors to get out and back in about four hours.

Satur­day’s de­cider race will start at 11am and due to tidal con­di­tions the course is likely to be set around is­lands to the north of Pi­o­neer Bay.

Mr Parker said at this stage of the se­ries Rum Raider (Scott Mil­lar) ap­peared to be lead­ing in the mul­ti­hull di­vi­sion, with Wob­bly Boot (Craig Pic­cinelli) ahead in Di­vi­sion 2 and Here’s Trou­ble (Paul Mitchell) and Huahine (Nick Smail) on equal sec­ond place.

“In Di­vi­sion 3, Anthea (Dewi Hughes), is a clear leader with two wins from Break­away (Rob Davis),” he said.

Mr Parker said the se­ries was pop­u­lar with club mem­bers due to the chal­lenges pre­sented by the is­land cour­ses. “I re­ally like the chal­lenge of sail­ing around some of the is­lands when some- times you’re against the tide but there are back-ed­dies and wind shad­ows, so it be­comes quite a tac­ti­cal event,” he ex­plained.

“It’s dif­fer­ent to sail­ing around buoys where you’re just try­ing to sail the boat as fast as you can.”

En­try forms for Satur­day’s race are avail­able at the front counter of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club or for more in­for­ma­tion phone 4946 6138.

FAVOURITE: Rum Raider (Scott Mil­lar) is the favourite to win the mul­ti­hull di­vi­sion of the Whit­sun­day Ocean Ser­vices Short Off­shore Se­ries, which wraps up this Satur­day.

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