Tactics play out in twilight race
TACTICS were an important element of last Wednesday’s Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) twilight race, which was sailed in an easterly breeze of below 10 knots.
WSC commodore Jim Hayes described the 41st race in the year’s ongoing series as “a very light, very tactical race”.
“It was beautiful sailing conditions but tactics played a big part in getting the right wind shifts,” he said.
A solid fleet of 16 boats took part in the race, with competitors across all three divisions.
Unfortunately Overdrive (Rupert King), was the only multihull in Division 1, therefore winning by default.
Meanwhile, 10 boats contested Division 2, which also featured an interesting start.
“Tulip (Bernie van’t Hof) blew the start and had to peel off and come back, which put her behind the rest of the fleet,” Mr Hayes explained.
“Reignition (Charles Wallis) then led the fleet until the last beat, when Tulip managed to overtake.” Despite this great battle it was QMS (John Galloway), who claimed the division’s handicap win.
In Division 3, Sardine (Brett Winter), took the podium prize as the winner of the five-yacht fleet.
Mr Hayes said overall “there were lots of really good boat-on-boat tussles throughout the fleet and over the whole course, which made it interesting for all the crews”.