Senior sailors battle in appalling weather
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.