Spin­nakers fly in long off­shore race

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

IT WAS spin­naker weather for Satur­day’s Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club long off­shore race, orig­i­nally sched­uled for Fe­bru­ary 1, but post­poned due to Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Dy­lan.

Nine yachts and 46 crew started the race at 9am in a very light breeze.

A few yachts man­aged to set spin­nakers on their way out of Pioneer Bay. Quick­skips (Peter Mil­lar), was the only boat in Di­vi­sion 1 and Reig­ni­tion (Charles Wal­lis) and Lorna Rose Too (Peter Mitchel­son) were leading Di­vi­sions 2 and 3.

Di­vi­sions 1 and 2 sailed around South Molle and Den­man Is­land and up to Dou­ble Cones and back - a to­tal dis­tance of 35 nau­ti­cal miles.

Di­vi­sion 3 com­peti­tors sailed a re­turn trip through Un­safe Pas­sage and around Dou­ble Cones, mak­ing a to­tal dis­tance of 29.5 nau­ti­cal miles.

The breeze even­tu­ally filled in peak­ing at 14 knots from the east-south-east, giv­ing crews a spin­naker run to the Dou­ble Cones and a shy reach back into Pioneer Bay.

Quick­skips led the fleet home, closely fol­lowed by Lorna Rose Too and Reig­ni­tion.

On cor­rected time, Quick­skips won Di­vi­sion 1 with Cross­bow (David Lund), win­ning Di­vi­sion 2, beat­ing Reig­ni­tion by just one sec­ond. Wob­bly Boot (Craig Pic­cinelli), came in third.

Lorna Rose Too won Di­vi­sion 3, with Anthea (Dewi Hughes) in sec­ond.

This com­ing Sun­day, the off­shore yachts and off­beach boats will sail the same course in the Chal­lenger’s Cup with the first start at 1pm.

WIN­NERS: Cross­bow crew Jonathan Bod­ley and David Lund en­joyed a well-earned drink at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club af­ter Satur­day's long off­shore race.

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