‘Huey’ blows hard over weekly twi­light course

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

CON­DI­TIONS on Pi­o­neer Bay caught many boats un­aware for the last race in the Sail­ing Club’s May twi­light se­ries.

Boats left mari­nas in a com­fort­able 10-15 knots with large head­sails set but at the start line “Huey” had other ideas and soon filled in to over 20 knots, with gusts touch­ing 30, leav­ing boats over can­vassed.

Sirocco was the solo mul­ti­hull and flew around the course to fin­ish in 45 min­utes.

In Di­vi­sion 2, the crew of Huahine furled their head­sail af­ter the first lap. De­spite com­plet­ing the rest of the race un­der main alone, they still man­aged to sail to the hand­i­cap win ahead of Dehler Magic and Wob­bly Boot.

An­other Fi­asco strug­gled some­what in the strong breeze and fought hard to fin­ish just in front of QMS, the week’s best starter.

Mean­while the gusty con­di­tions suited the heavy Anthea, who fought a close quar­ter battle around the track with Syn­chronic­ity, fin­ish­ing a mere 10 sec­onds apart. Un­for­tu­nately a bro­ken hal­yard forced Riff Raff to re­tire from the race, leav­ing Rossgo and Kameruka to fight for the podium po­si­tions.

Rac­ers are now look­ing for­ward to an­other Chal­lengers’ Cup Bay Race on Sun­day af­ter­noon, when spin­nakers will be flown, con­di­tions per­mit­ting .

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