Suc­cess­ful spring re­gatta

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

AN INAU­GU­RAL around Day­dream Is­land race formed part of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s (WSC) Spring Re­gatta, held over the week­end.

The off­beach re­gatta, which was the first for many years, at­tracted a num­ber of com­peti­tors from Port Dou­glas, who were keen to join in the Air­lie Beach event.

On Satur­day morn­ing, two sprint races were held in a light breeze, and in the mul­ti­hulls, the lead changed re­peat­edly.

The lead­ers were Goose Marine, skip­pered by Mal Richard­son from Moss­man with lo­cal Dan Townsend as crew and Long Board Bar and Grill, skip­pered by Mick Guinea of Townsville.

In the mono­hulls, Whit­sun­day sailors Bill and Jenny Mairs of On Ice, tied for first place with Hamil­ton Is­land’s Denis Win­stan­ley sail­ing his Kona sail­board.

The se­cond sprint race was won by Ben Urch, on his MG14 Smokin’.

The around Day­dream Is­land race took place on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Goose Marine made it around Pi­o­neer Point with less tacks than the other cata­ma­rans, which fa­cil­i­tated a win.

Se­cond place went to Lube Up, sailed by Will Lu­cas and Tar­rant Green of Cairns.

In the mono­hulls, Ben Urch ( Smokin’) and Dan Scott on the MG14 Dirty Harry, en­joyed a great bat­tle, with Urch achiev­ing a nar­row win.

On Sun­day morn­ing, the Nacras were joined by two Mos­quito cata­ma­rans and new WSC mem­bers Matt Stone and Tash Renes.

The light wind suited the Mos­qui­toes with Stone win­ning the first two races and Renes win­ning the last race of the se­ries.

Over­all win­ners in the mul­ti­hulls were Long Board Bar and Grill, Knot­sodeep (Jarod Cook and An­drew Tor­pelund) and Matt Stone in third place.

In the mono­hulls, Smokin’ took the win with four firsts, fol­lowed by On Ice.

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