Last minute course change for sail­ing club’s night race

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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