Ad­verse con­di­tions shorten course

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

WIND shifts and a fickle breeze made for a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon at last Wed­nes­day’s Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club twi­light race.

The drop­ping breeze forced race of­fi­cers to shorten the course to en­sure com­peti­tors fin­ished within the time limit.

Three mul­ti­hulls were out on the wa­ter, with Sirocco judg­ing the start the best, but soon over­taken by the faster tri­maran, Quick Skips.

Quick Skips flew around the track a clear 12 min­utes ahead of her clos­est con­tender, Wild Thing.

The mul­ti­hulls also faced un­usual chal­lenges, with a cruis­ing yacht cross­ing the fleet on the start gun and los­ing its dinghy, mean­ing rac­ers had to avoid the float­ing ob­sta­cle un­til the start boat man­aged to res­cue and se­cure it.

Di­vi­sion 2 com­peti­tors wel­comed Game Set to the fleet, which, de­spite a high hand­i­cap, man­aged a re­spectable fourth.

The boat joined QMS and Trea­sure VIII in a closely fought battle, with only 30 sec­onds split­ting the three on the fin­ish line.

A mis­judged tack from Twis­ter forced Dehler Magic to make an avoid­ance ma­noeu­vre and saw the crew of Twis­ter per­form a 360 penalty turn to atone for their mis­take. Serendip­ity took the best start in Di­vi­sion 3, tak­ing an over­all sec­ond place.

The short­ened course meant this di­vi­sion fin­ished in about 45 min­utes, with Kameruka and High Tide done five min­utes be­fore that. Kameruka fought hard with High Tide, fi­nally snatch­ing line honours and hand­i­cap win.

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