Chal­lenge launched

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

SUN­DAY bought the first Chal­lengers’ Cup race of 2015 to the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club and Pi­o­neer Bay.

The se­ries has six races over the year, con­sist­ing of one of four cour­ses, all sailed in the bay.

The Chal­lenger’s Cup is renowned for be­ing a fast sprint around the club’s buoys in­volv­ing a com­bi­na­tion of sail trim and spin­naker work.

It is al­ways a great spec­ta­cle for on-look­ers as the brightly coloured sails are hoisted and gybed as crews work hard to en­sure no mis­takes are made.

On Sun­day six boats rep­re­sented Di­vi­sion 2 in per­fect con­di­tions.

Trea­sure VIII (Rob Davis) led the fleet on the trape­zoid course laid by club vol­un­teers, with Wob­bly Boot (Craig Pic­cinelli), Cross­bow (David Lund) and Dehler Magic (Char­lie Preen) bat­tling hard to edge past each other. Wob­bly Boot en­joyed a great race, even­tu­ally claim­ing the hand­i­cap win.

In Di­vi­sion 3, the trailer sailer Mas­quer­ade (Tom Vu­jasi­novic) had a sen­sa­tional run around the course, tak­ing the line honours victory by a de­cent mar­gin ahead of La Quilta (Heather Sut­ton) and Anthea (Dewi Hughes).

As al­ways, pre­sen­ta­tions were held at the club with the Wob­bly Boot crew per­form­ing their in­fa­mous sig­na­ture song on re­ceiv­ing their prize for first place.

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