Spinnakers fly in long offshore race
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.