Great run for offshore race
SAILORS who participated in Saturday’s Whitsunday Ocean Services Short Offshore Series described the event as more of a medium offshore race as they followed a course from Pioneer Bay, around Cid Island and back home to the north of Hannah Point.
Six boats headed off on the race with an enjoyable 15 knots of wind across their bows.
The first rain cell missed the fleet but shifted the wind more to the east. For some this was lucky, but for others it was not.
The next downpour was cooling for a few of the competitors but it also locked the wind into the east and turned the muchhoped-for reach across the Whitsunday Passage into another close-hauled leg.
All competitors made it through the light winds of Cid Harbour very well, but Treasure VIII (Harold Menelaus) had the lead, giving the crew a bit more breeze in front of the rain that captured the others as they set their spinnakers for the run home.
At the finish line, manned by volunteer Chris Reinbott, Twister (Kevin Fogarty) held off Crossbow (David Lund) by 11 seconds, but the corrected times gave the Division 2 win to Treasure VIII, with Wobbly Boot (Craig Piccinelli) in second and Crossbow in third.
Division 3 competitors had a choice to go through Unsafe Passage between the Molle Islands, which Anthea (Dewi Hughes) took, giving the crew the win over Lorna Rose Too (Pete Mitchelson).
AFTER THE RACE: Divisions 2 and 3 winners from Anthea (blue shirts) and Tresure VIII (orange), William Kamsteeg, Clay Beaumant, Dewi Hughes and Murray Sandman, at the Whitsunday Sailing Club after Saturday's short offshore race.