Weather eye still on weekend race
THE Whitsunday Sailing Club’s (WSC) Marlin Marine Series of races for offshore yachts has been scheduled for this coming weekend on March 8 and 9. However, WSC sailing development officer Tim Parker said club officials were closely monitoring the weather and would decide today if the race should still go ahead.
Mr Parker said this was a popular annual series forming part of the inter-club challenge including Whitsunday boats and those from the North Queensland Cruising Yacht Club situated in Bowen.
If all goes to plan, the series will kick off on Saturday, March 8, with an offshore race around the Whitsunday islands, starting at 11am and finishing some time in the late afternoon.
The plan for Sunday, March 9, includes two bay races where the crew will have to work hard, raising and lowering spinnakers as they round the marks.
Last year, Here’s Trouble (Paul Mitchell), and Rising Farrst (Tim Osborne), were the winners in Division 2.
Twister (Kevin Fogarty) and Tulip (Bernie van’t Hof), also performed well and were great representatives for the Whitsunday Sailing Club.
Fly’n High (Gary Bruce) and Meander (Geoff Ingram), took first and third places in Division 3, with Breakaway (Rob Davis), splitting the two Bowen boats.
Mr Parker said all yachts were likely to return for this year’s event, along with other club regulars. Entry forms are available at reception in the Whitsunday Sailing Club. Any updates to the proposed schedule will be sent via SMS to skippers and posted on the website www.whitsundadysailingclub.com.au.