Pleasant change over twilight course
THE forecast for last week’s Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) Ray White twilight race was 20-30 knots of wind from the southeast, but competitors were pleasantly surprised when the breeze turned out to be a nice 12-15 knots with just a few slightly stronger gusts.
With a few boats still in lock-down following Tropical Dylan, only nine yachts took part in the race.
Wild Thing, skippered by Keith Roberts, was a lone multihull in Division 1. WSC sailing development officer Tim Parker said Roberts nonetheless enjoyed an excellent sail and kept the race committee amused by trying to finish one lap early.
Queensland Marine Services (John Galloway), had a great start and was well clear of the fleet in Division 2, giving Tulip (Bernie van’t Hof), dirty air to tack away from.
Despite this, Tulip managed to get ahead before the first mark and went on to take line honours.
On corrected time however, Queensland Marine Services had a clear win, with Tulip in second and Esoteric (Col Forster), in third place.
Serendipity, skippered by Roger Boast, won the start in Division 3, but it was Lorna Rose Too (Peter Mitchelson), who sailed the fastest around the course to win on line honours.
Finishing just one minute behind, Serendipity took the win on corrected time, followed by Masquerade (Tom Vujasinovic), in second place and Lorna Rose Too in third.