Tight competition in twilight race
A HEALTHY fleet of 13 boats and about 70 competitors took part in last week’s Ray White Twilight Race run by the Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC).
Quickskips, skippered by Peter Millar, hit the start line well ahead of Cheetah (Steve Halter), in Division 1. By the end of the race Millar had managed to maintain the lead, taking the win on line honours and corrected time by two minutes.
Queensland Marine Services (John Galloway), had the best start in Division 2. However, the same could not be said for others, with a few boats holding out at the start and eventually having to circle around to avoid hitting the start boat.
Tulip (Bernie van’t Hof), started slowly but soon powered ahead to lead the fleet around the course.
At the end of the race, Rising Farrst (Tim Osborne), had sailed the best to win on corrected time, ahead of Treasure VIII (Harold Menelaus).
Tulip came in at third place on corrected time, just ahead of Sandpiper, skippered by Chris Chengody.
Kameruka (Mark and Bob Beale), hit the line at full pace in Division 3 and led throughout the entire race.
Lorna Rose Too (Pete Mitchelson), was pushing them the whole way and at the end of the race Kameruka finished a mere 25 seconds ahead.
Masquerade (Tom Vujasinovic), was late for the start but enjoyed the strong breeze and managed to close the gap just five minutes behind the leaders.
On corrected time, Serendipity (Roger Boast), took the win from Kameruka, Masquerade and Lorna Rose Too.
WSC sailing development officer Tim Parker said the top four boats in Division 3 ended with a difference of just one minute and 27 seconds between them.
“All crews were sailing very well compared to their handicap,” he said.