Twilight a practice for weekend racing ahead
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.