Wind­ward ride for 2014 se­ries

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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