Twi­light fleet wishes happy birth­day to the Wob­bly Boot

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

AN­OTHER af­ter­noon of light winds saw the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s Wed­nes­day Twi­light race be­ing short­ened again by race of­fi­cers.

Chee­tah was back on the wa­ter but un­for­tu­nately she was the solo com­peti­tor in the mul­ti­hull di­vi­sion, com­plet­ing the course in just over 56 min­utes.

New boat to the fleet, Game Set, proved a racer to watch out for, stamp­ing her crew’s author­ity in Di­vi­sion 2 by claim­ing the best start, line honours and hand­i­cap wins. Line honours was due to Charles Wal­lis mis-tim­ing the start in Reig­ni­tion and tak­ing an “on course start” penalty, caus­ing his dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from the race.

Trea­sure VIII fought hard all af­ter­noon but couldn’t make in­roads on Game Set and fin­ished three min­utes be­hind. Kevin Fog­a­rty and John Gal­loway en­gaged in an­other close quar­ter battle, with the two boats cross­ing each other con­tin­u­ously. In the end QMS just pulled ahead to take third over the line, 30 sec­onds ahead of Twis­ter.

Kameruka had the start of Di­vi­sion 3 sewn up and the clear air as­sisted her in tak­ing the line honours po­si­tion just ahead of Syn­chronic­ity and High Tide. Lorna Rose Too and Anthea en­joyed a tight tac­ti­cal battle to the fin­ish with only 10 sec­onds sep­a­rat­ing the pair, earn­ing them the top two podium po­si­tions.

Pre­sen­ta­tions at the club were a fun af­fair and saw the Wob­bly Boot crew break out their boot shaped glasses to raise a toast to the boat’s 14th birth­day over a rous­ing cho­rus of the now fa­mous “Wob­bly” song.

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