Close re­sults in twi­light rac­ing

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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