First twi­light race for sea­son

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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