Windward ride for 2014 series
IT was a windward ride for sailors competing in the three-day WOYRC (Whitsunday Offshore Yacht Racing Circuit) Series, over the long weekend of October 4-6.
Comprising participants from the Whitsunday Sailing Club, Hamilton Island Cruising Yacht Club, Mackay Yacht Club and North Queensland Cruising Yacht Club, this year’s series started at Bowen and finished at Mackay and was met with southeast headwinds all the way.
On Saturday, boats sailed from Bowen to Airlie Beach, before heading to Hamilton Island on Sunday, with a long leg from Hamilton Island to Mackay on Monday.
Three Airlie Beach boats joined the flotilla of eight, six of whom did the entire series, with two joining in on just the Airlie to Hamilton Island leg.
Twister (Kevin Fogarty), Anthea (Dewi Hughes) and Crossbow (David Lund), all set sail from Bowen in a 12-15knot southeaster that Kevin Fogarty described as “quite pleasant”.
Mr Fogarty said the next day’s leg to Hamo was a fairly short one.
“It was pretty windy and there was a big tide against us but we wanted to get over to Hamo early so we could watch the footy,” he quipped.
Mr Fogarty said Monday’s run from Hamilton Island to Mackay was about 48 nautical miles “but that’s on the rhumb line”.
“So it works out closer to 70 by the time you take your tacks into account.”
Mr Fogarty explained that each year organisers reversed the direction of the series to add a bit of variety, but which direction the wind came from was really the luck of the draw.
“We had a kite run from Hamo to Mackay a couple of years ago, but this year it’s been a fairly tough regatta – it’s been upwind all the way,” he said.
In the overall series results Crossbow came first with Twister in second place and Mackay boat Matangi in third. Anthea took out fourth place with Mackay boat After Midnight in fifth and Bowenbased boat Nautilass Too in sixth place.