Tight com­pe­ti­tion in twi­light race

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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