Racing at mixed club event
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.