Too windy for twilight race
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.