Man overboard at twilight race
A GUSTY 20-knot south-easterly wind and a man overboard were features of last Wednesday’s Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) twilight race.
Rum Raider (Scott Millar), was first to cross the start line in Division 1 and led Overdrive (Rupert King), around the course to win the race on corrected time by just two minutes.
Division 2 had a congested start with Wobbly Boot (Craig Piccinelli), having to tack quickly and losing a man overboard.
Both Wobbly Boot and Esoteric (Col Forster), attempted to retrieve the man, who was eventually picked up by the start boat.
Meanwhile, Queensland Marine Services (John Galloway), had a clean start along with Tulip (Bernie van’t Hof), who led the fleet around the first mark.
Tulip took line honours for the race from Reignition (Charles Wallis).
On corrected time Queensland Marine Services was the winner ahead of Sandpiper (Chris Chengody) and with Reignition in third place.
The first five boats, including Twister (Kevin Fogarty) and Huahine (Nick Smail), all finished within two minutes of each other.
Only three Division 3 boats braved the gusty conditions with Riff Raff (Nicole Abbott), enjoying the stronger winds to take line honours and corrected time.
Kameruka (Mark and Bob Beale), took out second place with Breakaway (Rob Davis), close behind in third place.