Spring­ing into Race Week

Sailors hon­ing tac­ti­cal skills off-beach

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

WHILE other boats wait­ing for Air­lie Beach Race Week are sit­ting on an­chor, An­drew Stran­sky and his daugh­ter Mara are fine tun­ing their tac­ti­cal skills by rac­ing with the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s off­beach group.

Stran­sky, the owner, de­signer and builder of 51-foot cata­ma­ran

Fan­ta­sia, won the Mul­ti­hull Di­vi­sion One at the 2014 Air­lie Beach Race Week.

Fol­low­ing his vic­tory, he took line hon­ours in the Great Whit­sun­day Fun Race.

The Stran­sky fam­ily are from Manly, Queens­land, and as well as rac­ing Fan­ta­sia, are very keen off­beach sailors.

An­drew fin­ished in the top third of the very com­pet­i­tive Laser fleet at the South Pa­cific Mas­ters Ti­tles held at Royal Queens­land Yacht Squadron ear­lier this year.

Mara is a mem­ber of the Queens­land Youth Sail­ing team and part of an elite group at Royal Queens­land Yacht Squadron who train through­out the week and at week­ends, re­ceiv­ing ex­pert ad­vice on diet, ex­er­cise and the men­tal at­ti­tude re­quired to win cham­pi­onships.

Last Sun­day was week three of the sail­ing club’s Learn to Race pro­gram, with the group con­cen­trat­ing on prepa­ra­tion for round­ing the lee­ward mark and the buoy room rule.

Af­ter a morn­ing of coach­ing, the off-beach group held three races of ses­sion three of the Spring Se­ries.

Luke Mairs, Mara Stran­sky and An­drew Stran­sky each won a race af­ter the fi­nal re­sults were cal­cu­lated.

There will be no off-beach train­ing or rac­ing dur­ing Air­lie Beach Race Week.

TUN­ING UP: Mara Stran­sky, sail­ing a ra­dial rig Laser, chases down Luke Mairs in the stan­dard Laser rig.

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