Great run for off­shore race

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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