Se­nior sailors battle in ap­palling weather

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

STRONG winds and rain did noth­ing to de­ter the en­thu­si­asm of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s off-beach sailors on Sun­day.

While the weather forced can­cel­la­tions for the Learn to Sail group and ju­nior rac­ing fleet, the se­nior sailors were determined to com­plete ses­sion five of their seven-week off-beach win­ter se­ries.

Race one be­gan in tor­ren­tial rain and 30-knot shift­ing winds.

Den­nis Win­stan­ley had his Kona wind­surfer plan­ing and won the first race.

In the Laser di­vi­sion Dan Townsend won the race with Luke Mairs and Ben Urch only sec­onds be­hind.

The squalls and rain dis­ap­peared for the sec­ond race, but there were still strong gusts on the course.

Dan Townsend took out first place, with Luke Mairs in sec­ond and Den­nis Win­stan­ley in third.

In the third and fi­nal race Ben Urch took the honours fol­lowed by Luke Mairs and Den­nis Win­stan­ley.

A cap­size near the wind­ward mark put Dan Townsend out of con­tention.

Coach Sean O'Re­gan was watch­ing ev­ery move of the fleet from the rocks and con­grat­u­lated young sailors Cam Brown and Ned Sleight for their solid per­for­mances in the very dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

WEATHER-HARDY: WSC off-beach sailors Ben Urch, Den­nis Win­stan­ley, Sean O'Re­gan, Dan Townsend, David Crowther, Luke Mairs, Cam Brown and Ned Sleight braved the el­e­ments for the fifth ses­sion in their seven-week win­ter se­ries last week­end.

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