Close fin­ishes at twi­light

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

IT WAS a great af­ter­noon for yacht rac­ing at last Wed­nes­day’s Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club (WSC) twi­light race with 15-20 knots of wind from the south-east.

Quick­skips (Peter Mil­lar) was the only boat in Di­vi­sion 1 and fin­ished first across the line.

In Di­vi­sion 2, Reig­ni­tion (Charles Wal­lis), had an ex­cel­lent start near the pin-head of the line, while Queens­land Ma­rine Ser­vices (John Galloway) was too early, hav­ing to cir­cle around and cross be­hind most of the fleet.

Twis­ter (Kevin Fog­a­rty), who started a bit late, caught QMS on star­board, forc­ing the crew to quickly tack.

Trea­sure VIII (Harold Menelaus) and An­other Fi­asco (Damian Suck­ling), bat­tled around the course for sec­ond place, with Trea­sure VIII leading be­fore be­ing over­taken on the last reach and fin­ish­ing just 30 sec­onds be­hind.

On cor­rected time, Trea­sure VIII was the win­ner, com­ing in four sec­onds ahead of Twis­ter, with Wob­bly Boot (Craig Pic­cinelli), a fur­ther 12 sec­onds be­hind.

WSC sail­ing de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Tim Parker said this was a par­tic­u­larly close race with the top seven boats all fin­ish­ing within one and a half min­utes of each other.

Lorna Rose Too (Peter Mitchel­son), led the Di­vi­sion 3 start and fought a good bat­tle with High Tide (Shannon Hart), for more than one lap be­fore High Tide charged ahead.

Kameruka (Mark and Bob Beale), Mas­quer­ade (Tom Vu­jasi­novic) and Serendip­ity (Roger Boast), were all push­ing close be­hind.

The boat that sailed the best race to win on cor­rected time was Mas­quer­ade, with High Tide and Lorna Rose Too tak­ing sec­ond and third place.

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