Close results in twilight racing
A LIGHT breeze and a warm afternoon was the setting for last week’s Twilight race hosted by Whitsunday Sailing Club.
The short course was set by the race offers and division one, which consists of multihulls, was first to start.
Rum Raider, Scott Millar, squeezed Wild Thing, Keith Roberts, out from the start with Keith having to take over a minute to recover and start properly.
Cheetah, Steve Jandt, went left on the left beat and led the lighter boats around the first mark.
Rum Raider passed on the second reach however Cheetah again went left and regained the lead at the top mark and managed to hold onto the lead for a big win on line honours and corrected time.
Reignition, Charles Wallis, got a great start in division two, on starboard at the pin end, blocking out Tulip, Bernie van’t Hof, who was trying a port tack start.
Tulip had to dip a few boats before quickly tacking in front of Twister, Kevin Fogarty, and then settling down to try and recover.
Tulip sailed very well to get back through the fleet and win the race on corrected time and line honours from Sandpiper, Chris Chengody, who had recently cleaned the bottom of the boat for a smoother racing surface.
Taking out third place was Reignition closely followed by Treasure VIII, Harold Menelaus, and Queensland Marine Services, John Galloway.
The light winds did not suit some of the division three yachts but the trailer sailers had a great battle all around the course.
Breakaway, Rob Davis, got the best start but the lead changed regularly throughout the race with Lorna Rose Too, Pete Mitchelson, eventually taking line honours.
Rossgo, John Griffin, was the winner on corrected time from Breakaway and Kameruka, Mark and Bob Beale, taking third.
Anyone interested in sailing in the twilight race should register their interest at www.whitsundaysailingclub.com.au.