Kites fly for new style of race
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.