Sailors head off­shore

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

TEN boats took to Pi­o­neer Bay for the start of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s off shore race to Cid Is­land on Sun­day.

Quick Skips was fi­nally back in the mul­ti­hull di­vi­sion, with a fast ride down to White Rock and over to Cid, ahead of a blast back home un­der spin­naker. As the only com­peti­tor in this di­vi­sion, skip­per Pete Mil­lar was con­fi­dent of the hand­i­cap win.

Di­vi­sion 2 was well rep­re­sented with six yachts lining up for the start while Di­vi­sion 3 had three boats com­pet­ing. Of th­ese com­peti­tors the crew of La Quilter (Heather Sut­ton) were des­per­ately per­form­ing on wa­ter re­pairs on their way out to the start.

All crews pushed their re­spec­tive boats hard to make it across the pas­sage and beat the change of tide.

Un­for­tu­nately a mis-read­ing of the sail­ing in­struc­tions saw Dehler Magic (Char­lie Preen) tack­ing down the coast – a ma­noeu­vre that ul­ti­mately forced the crew to cross the pas­sage against the tide.

Po­si­tions changed reg­u­larly dur­ing the race, with Trea­sure VIII (Rob Davis) pulling away once kites were hoisted around Cid Is­land for the run home, claim­ing the line honours boasting rights.

With La Quilter forced to re­tire, Anthea (Dewi Hughes) and Mas­quer­ade (Tom Vu­jasi­novic) were left to battle it out for Di­vi­sion 3, with Anthea the com­fort­able win­ner in both line honours and hand­i­cap vic­to­ries.

De­spite re­tir­ing, the ladies in pink from La Quilter were in great spir­its back at the club for pre­sen­ta­tions where plenty of post mortem sail­ing ban­ter took place.

Rear Off­shore Com­modore Kevin Fog­a­rty, thanked ev­ery­one for par­tic­i­pat­ing, as well as Jim Hayes and Mick Philips for of­fi­ci­at­ing the race.

This week­end, sailors are in­vited to Hamil­ton Is­land for the ‘Hamil­ton Is­land Cup’ and fol­low­ing that there’s the Easter Re­gatta in Bowen at the North Queens­land Cruis­ing Yacht Club. Any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in ei­ther of th­ese events can con­tact Kevin Fog­a­rty on 0419 775 282.

WIN­NING CAP­TAINS: Nick Smail (Huahine), Peter Mil­lar (Quick Skips) and Dewi Hughes (Anthea) were the win­ning skip­pers of Sun­day's race.

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