Cham­pagne sail­ing at half­way mark

Whitsunday Times - - VISION SURVEYS AIRLIE BEACH RACE WEEK 2014 -

BY DAY three of this year’s Air­lie Beach Race Week, winds had eased from the pre­vi­ous two days of 25-plus knots, to a com­fort­able 14-18 knots from the south­east.

The sea was smoother and the sun­shine turned the wa­ter into a per­fect aqua, pro­vid­ing the right com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors to cre­ate a few up­sets in the leader­boards as the heavy weather win­ners were shown up by some of the lighter wind spe­cial­ists.

While the re­main­der of the record fleet headed off on a pic­turesque pas­sage race north to Gum­brell Is­land, the IRC fleet had two wind­ward/ lee­ward races on the bay.

By the end of the race, Cruis­ing Divi­sion 1 saw Rob Mar­shall’s Femme Fa­tale move up into first place.

Cruis­ing Divi­sion 2 was won by Alan Sned­don’s Pa­cific Phoenix, but re­main­ing in first place over­all was Nic Cox and Col Thomas’s Adams 10, Ella.

Cruis­ing Spin­naker Divi­sion 3, which was sub­ject to protest, was won by Ben Meakin’s Peggy, but it was Bob Beale’s Kameruka that re­tained the over­all lead ahead of John Fow­ell’s Ells Bells.

In Cruis­ing Non Spin­naker, Peter Dee’s Ram­pal­lion was another to lap up the softer con­di­tions, tak­ing out first place and mov­ing into first over­all.

With Tues­day a des­ig­nated lay day and the regatta of­fi­cially at the half­way mark, Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club com­modore and Air­lie Race Week event chair­man Jim Hayes, said he was pleased with how the week was pro­gress­ing.

We’re just hop­ing for nice breezes and good sail­ing for every­one go­ing for­ward,” he said.

To fol­low the regatta and see the full re­sults, visit www.abrw.com.au.

SPON­SOR'S LUCK: Race Week nam­ing rights spon­sor Brian For­rester, aboard his 60ft cata­ma­ran Drum­beat, could be set to win the Mul­ti­hull Cruis­ing Divi­sion of the event. Photo by An­drew Pat­tin­son / Vampp

AF­TER RAC­ING: All the on-shore entertainment at this year's Vi­sion Sur­veys Air­lie Beach Race Week has been held at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club. Photo by An­drew Pat­tin­son / Vampp Pho­tog­ra­phy

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