Start-line battles at twilight
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.