Last minute course change for sailing club’s night race
COMPETITORS in Saturday’s Whitsunday Sailing Club night race found the race course changed at the last minute, catching a few boats unaware.
A northerly wind saw the course altered from reaches to Pioneer Rocks and back to a longer leg from Pioneer Bay to the Double Cones.
A steady but light breeze blew throughout the night, with the wind dropping slightly after sunset while the current was picking up, making it harder for the smaller boats to make headway.
Most boats chose to hug the coast heading out to the Cones, making the most of the current pushing them from Grimston Point.
Those that did head east towards the passage nearly sailed to Hayman Island before tacking, but still didn’t make the lay line.
Quickskips beat Sirocco in Division 1. Twister took first place on corrected time in Division 2, with Crossbow only two minutes behind. Reignition came in five minutes later and Rising Farrst 13 minutes after that.
There was only five minutes between first, High Tide and second, Lorna Rose Too in Division 3, after 3.5 hours on the water.
Anthea came in third, after spending about seven hours on the water.
WINNERS: High Tide’s Shannon Hart (with daughter Sarah), Quickskips’ Peter Millar and Twisters’ Kevin Fogarty, were the winners of the Whitsunday Sailing Club's night race.