Sailors head offshore
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.