Rac­ing at mixed club event

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

SE­RI­OUS off­shore rac­ers are al­ready pre­par­ing for the Whit­sun­day Off­shore Yacht Rac­ing Cir­cuit (WOYRC) on the long week­end of Oc­to­ber 4-7.

WOYRC is a se­ries of races run by a com­bi­na­tion of clubs. It in­cor­po­rates sailors from the Mackay Yacht Club, Hamil­ton Is­land Yacht Club, Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club and North Queens­land Cruis­ing Yacht Club.

This year, rac­ing starts from Mackay on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 5, with a race to Hamil­ton Is­land. Race two on the Sun­day is from Hamil­ton Is­land to Air­lie Beach and race three, on the Mon­day, is from Air­lie Beach to Bowen.

A com­peti­tors’ meet­ing will be held on the Fri­day night in Mackay with pre­sen­ta­tions and com­peti­tors’ meet­ings at the end of each day’s rac­ing.

Se­ries pre­sen­ta­tions will be held in Bowen on the Mon­day as soon as prac­ti­cal af­ter the race.

Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club sail­ing de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Tim Parker said the nice thing about this year’s WOYRC was “it’s mostly down­wind”.

“There’ll be lots of spin­naker work re­quired, which I think is good fun and also a lot of nav­i­ga­tion and tac­ti­cal work with tides and cur­rents around the is­lands,” he said. “It’s re­ally good fun and it’s re­ally the tough­est week­end of rac­ing we have all year – when sailors fin­ish in Bowen they’ll know they’ve done a good week­end’s work.”

The WOYRC is a cat­e­gory 4 event, so en­trants will need dec­la­ra­tions from their re­spec­tive clubs to be able to race.

All boats are wel­come and sailors who can­not com­plete the whole se­ries also have the op­tion of join­ing in for one or two legs.

The of­fi­cial no­tice of race has been posted on the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club web­site www.whit­sun­day­sail­ing­club.com.au.

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