Weather eye still on weekend race

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.whit­sun­dady­sail­ing­

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