Tactics used in twilight race
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.