Successful spring regatta
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.