Race se­ries set to start

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THIS Satur­day marks the start of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s Whit­sun­day Ocean Ser­vices short off­shore se­ries, which will kick off at 11am.

The se­ries fea­tures the lo­cal is­lands as round­ing marks, to high­light the beauty of the Whit­sun­day wa­ters.

Crews will en­joy com­pet­ing on cour­ses sim­i­lar to those in this year’s Vi­sion Sur­veys Air­lie Beach Race Week from Au­gust 8-15.

The fleet is ex­pected to com­prise mul­ti­hulls, trailer sailors and rac­ing and cruis­ing yachts.

All fin­ish­ing times will be ad­justed by a per­for­mance-based hand­i­cap­ping sys­tem bring- ing the wide ar­ray of dif­fer­ent boats onto a level play­ing field.

Prizes will be pre­sented for this first race in the se­ries at the sail­ing club later on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

With the course to be picked to suit the con­di­tions on the day, club of­fi­cials are en­cour­ag­ing all skip­pers to re­fer to their newly-re­leased 2014 Sail­ing Guide, avail­able at the club.

Lo­cal sailors in­ter­ested in rac­ing or vol­un­teer­ing on a safety boat are asked to con­tact the club via www.whit­sun­day­sail­ing­club.com.au.

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