Pleas­ant change over twi­light course

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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