Too windy for twi­light race

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

LAST Wed­nes­day’s Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club twi­light race was aban­doned due to strong winds.

WSC sail­ing de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Tim Parker said the fore­cast was for 25-33 knots, “which is ac­tu­ally a strong wind warn­ing”.

“If it’s over 25 knots then we tend not to race al­though some­times it can be 25 knots off­shore but it’s not as bad in the bay here,” he said.

Mr Parker said since twi­light rac­ing was open to sailors with var­ied lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ence, it was im­por­tant to put safety con­sid­er­a­tions first.

“We do get quite a few novices join­ing in so we need to make sure that noone gets in­jured and we don’t dam­age the boats,” he said.

While Mr Parker ad­mit­ted it was frus­trat­ing to see the wind fill in af­ter a very light-air re­gatta at Abell Point Ma­rina Air­lie Beach Race Week, he was hope­ful that con­di­tions would set­tle down and nor­mal twi­light rac­ing would re­sume.

Twi­light rac­ing is held ev­ery Wed­nes­day from about 4pm. For more in­for­ma­tion, phone the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club on 4946 6138.

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