Rac­ers chal­lenge each other for cup

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THE Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club held the third race in its Chal­lengers’ Cup Bay Se­ries on Sun­day, con­ducted in light breezes on Pi­o­neer Bay.

Two di­vi­sions lined up to com­pete in a wind­ward-lee­ward for­mat, which saw com­peti­tors hoist their colour­ful spin­nakers over three laps.

Wob­bly Boot en­joyed a blis­ter­ing start, pick­ing the pin end bias to per­fec­tion and cross­ing the fleet on port, to be the first to the top marks.

As the breeze fresh­ened, the big­ger boats Trea­sure VIII and Dehler Magic found their legs and were soon in a close quar­ter battle for the line honours brag­ging rights.

Af­ter a fast and fu­ri­ous paced race, it was Dehler Magic who man­aged to squeeze ahead and hit the fin­ish one sec­ond ahead of Trea­sure VIII, in what was a very pleas­ing re­sult for the crew.

The crew of Huahine mean­while had a ma­jor is­sue with their kite on the last hoist.

The kite was sucked into the pole top­per sheaves prov­ing very dif­fi­cult for the crew to get it down.

With some perserver­ance they even­tu­ally man­aged but not with­out the sail sus­tain­ing some dam­age.

High Tide set a fast time in Di­vi­sion 3, tak­ing the line ho- nours a com­fort­able and clear two min­utes ahead of Anthea.

On hand­i­cap though it was Anthea’s af­ter­noon, tak­ing the podium win first by one minute.

Pre­sen­ta­tions were held at the club, where the in­au­gu­ral Open Mic Fun­day was be­ing held, with great live mu­sic from lo­cal tal­ent, mak­ing for a per­fect end to an­other great day’s rac­ing on the Whit­sun­day wa­ter.

PRE­SEN­TA­TION TIME: The crews of Dehler Magic and Anthea – Char­lie Preen, Tommy Ne­gen­dahl, Betty Preen, Greg Tobin, Shanelle Dumma, Dewi Hughes, Shirley Wod­son and Al Winch.

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