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.