Close finishes at twilight
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.