Tac­tics used in twi­light race

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

A STRONG fleet of 19 boats took part in last Wed­nes­day’s Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club (WSC) twi­light race, with many of the reg­u­lar skip­pers tak­ing non-sailors out for their first twi­light ex­pe­ri­ence in the ideal con­di­tions on Pioneer Bay.

Tac­tics were play­ing out right from the start line, with all com­peti­tors look­ing for clean air to carry them to the top mark, rather than rac­ing at less than op­ti­mum speed in the dis­turbed air com­ing from their ri­vals’ sails.

The fleets split early onto port and star­board tacks, with many of the boats find­ing them­selves matched for speed in the 10 knots of aver­age wind speed.

The best start in Di­vi­sion 2 went to Reig­ni­tion (Charles Wal­lis) from Doyle Sails, who spon­sors that very prize. In Di­vi­sion 1 it was Quick­skips (Peter Mil­lar), who won the start and in Di­vi­sion 3, the prize went to Lorna Rose Too (Pete Michel­son).

Over­all di­vi­sion win­ners were Sirocco in Di­vi­sion 1,

Reig­ni­tion in Di­vi­sion 2 and

Kameruka in Di­vi­sion 3. WSC rear off­shore com­modore Clay Bau­man said most skip­pers were happy to in­volve more lo­cals in the sport, with next week’s race pro­vid­ing a per­fect op­por­tu­nity. On the fifth Wed­nes­day of ev­ery month, crew mem­bers have the chance to take over the key roles on board par­tic­i­pat­ing boats when the race changes to one where any­one but the skip­per helms the yachts.

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