Man over­board at twi­light race

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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