Twi­light a prac­tice for week­end rac­ing ahead

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

LAST week’s Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club (WSC) twi­light race at­tracted 17 boats across three di­vi­sions in what was also the last race of the Fe­bru­ary se­ries.

Rep­re­sent­ing the mul­ti­hulls were Wild Thing (Keith Roberts) and Sirocco (Mar­cus Arthur), with Wild Thing claim­ing the tri­fecta by tak­ing the best start, line honours and hand­i­cap wins, de­spite the fact it was a tight race for the two.

Di­vi­sion 2 saw two groups bat­tling for the win, with Dehler Magic (Char­lie Preen), QMS (John Gal­loway), Huahine (Nick Smail) and Trea­sure VIII (Rob Davis) all em­broiled in close quar­ter rac­ing with sec­onds sep­a­rat­ing them at the fin­ish. It was Trea­sure VIII who claimed the line honours victory just ahead of QMS, with Huahine awarded the best start and Dehler Magic the hand­i­cap vic­tor.

High Tide (Shan­non Hart) placed well for the Di­vi­sion 3 best start and held po­si­tion through­out the race to also lead the fleet and take the line honours win.

Mas­quer­ade (Tom Vu­jasi­novic), Kameruka (Mark and Bob Beale) and Riff Raff (Dan White) had a close race, re­flected in their elapsed times at the fin­ish. Nonethe­less it was Serendip­ity (Roger Boast) who went on to claim the hand­i­cap win.

Sailors are now look­ing for­ward to a cou­ple of full week­ends of rac­ing ahead.

This week­end, on March 7 and 8, the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club will host the Mar­lin Marine Se­ries, con­sist­ing of an is­land race on Satur­day and two bay races on Sun­day.

This se­ries is al­ways a popular event as the club wel­comes sailors from Bowen, who come down to race with the home fleet.

A brief­ing will be held at the club to­mor­row (Fri­day) at 7pm, with rac­ing sched­uled to start at 11am on Satur­day and 12pm on Sun­day.

March 28 and 29 is the Hamil­ton Is­land Re­gatta, with rac­ing to be held around the is­lands near Hamil­ton Is­land and pre­sen­ta­tions at the Hamil­ton Is­land Cruis­ing Yacht Club on the Satur­day night.

For in­for­ma­tion on ei­ther of th­ese events, con­tact WSC Rear Off­shore Com­modore Kevin Fog­a­rty on 0419 775 282.

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