Offshore series to wrap up on Saturday
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.