Adverse conditions shorten course
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.