Start-line bat­tles at twi­light

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

WHIT­SUN­DAY Sail­ing Club (WSC) skip­pers en­joyed a few tight tus­sles on the start line dur­ing last week’s Ray White twi­light race.

The race was held in 10-15 knots of breeze from the north east, which cre­ated a small chop on the wa­ter.

In Di­vi­sion 1, Quick­skips (Peter Mil­lar) and Wild Thing (Keith Roberts), had a great bat­tle be­fore the race even started as they at­tempted to get the best po­si­tion on the line.

At the fi­nal call, Wild Thing was a lit­tle early af­ter Quick­skips held them up near the line. Wild Thing ran out of space, hit­ting the mark at one end of the line. Quick­skips sailed away cleanly while Wild Thing re­turned to restart.

It took Wild Thing one-and-a-half laps to over­take Quick­skips, but this was not enough to beat their ri­vals on cor­rected time.

Mean­while, there was shout­ing at the start-line for Di­vi­sion 2 when Bobby D (Ross Win­ter­bourne) and Ris­ing Farrst (Tim Os­borne), fought for space at the com­mit­tee boat end of the line.

Fur­ther down the line, Reig­ni­tion (Charles Wal­lis) and Storm 2 (Don Al­gie), were both early.

Storm 2 man­aged to ma­noeu­vre along the line but Reig­ni­tion and Ris­ing Farrst were both forced over early. Nei­ther boat re­turned to restart and both were disqual­i­fied.

Trea­sure VIII (Harold Menelaus), sailed a great race to fin­ish sec­ond across the line and win on cor­rected time ahead of Bobby D and Storm 2 with Sandpiper (Chris Chen­gody), just miss­ing out on a place.

Lorna Rose Too (Pete Mitchel­son), was the best starter in Di­vi­sion 3, but it wasn’t long be­fore Congo, skip­pered by Barney Thomas from Hamil­ton Is­land, moved into the lead and went on to fin­ish ahead of the fleet.

Mas­quer­ade (Tom Vu­jasi­novic), had a good race and took out first place on cor­rected time ahead of Lorna Rose Too in sec­ond and Congo in third.

Serendip­ity (Roger Boast), was just out of the plac­ings.

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