First twilight race for season
LAST Wednesday’s Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) twilight race was the first for the club’s 2014 sailing season.
A total of 20 boats turned out to race in the 8-10 knot easterly breeze, which changed to the north-east at the start of the event.
Overdrive (Rupert King), had the best start in Division 1, but Spirit (John Cadwallader), managed to get ahead by the first mark and continued to sail well in the conditions to finish first over the line.
Overdrive took out first place on corrected time.
Reignition (Charles Wallis) and Treasure VIII (Clay Bauman), both had the timing perfect for the Division 2 start and were just millimetres from the line at the sound of the gun.
Tulip (Bernie van’t Hof), was behind at the start but used the superior size and power of the boat to gain the lead just before the first mark, with Reignition and Another
Fiasco (Damian Suckling), close behind.
The light wind suited Queensland Marine Services (John Galloway), True Love
(Roger Down) and Crossbow (David Lund), however it was Esoteric (Col Forster), who sailed best to take a comfortable win on corrected time. QMS came in second and True Love in third in the other placings.
Synchronicity (Tom Parker), Kameruka (Mark and Bob Beale) and Lorna Rose Too (Pete Mitchelson), enjoyed a good battle in Division 3, all finishing close together. Nonetheless it was Serendipity (Roger Boast), finishing just behind the other boats, who won on corrected time.