Tac­tics play out in twi­light race

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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”.

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