Kites fly for new style of race

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

PI­O­NEER Bay was awash with colour on Satur­day af­ter­noon as yachts flew their kites for the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s in­au­gu­ral twi­light spin­naker race.

Five boats played in Di­vi­sion 2 and two in Di­vi­sion 3 af­ter low tide pre­vented Lorna Rose Too from tak­ing part.

Twis­ter crew mem­ber Ta­nia Jarvis said the glo­ri­ous af­ter­noon of­fered up “su­per con­di­tions”, in 10-15 knots.

The rel­a­tively short course en­sured crews worked tire­lessly in the al­most one-hour race.

Ms Jarvis said the ad­di­tion of spin­nakers meant crews rushed around decks, pack­ing, hoist­ing, gy­bing and dous­ing their colour­ful sails.

Trea­sure VIII took an early lead in the three-lap race, with Twis­ter about five min­utes be­hind, just ahead of Wob­bly Boot, Dehler Magic and Huahine.

The smaller, faster High Tide faced off with Anthea, tak­ing the line honours and hand­i­cap wins.

TOP CON­DI­TIONS: Bryn Wood­ing, Mur­ray Kennedy, Rob Davis, Leo Ro­driguez and Dan Townsend from Trea­sure VIII were the win­ners from Di­vi­sion 2 in the Bay Race with Spin­nakers.

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