Se­ries proves a chal­lenge for crews

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

ON SUN­DAY, the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club ran its penul­ti­mate race in the an­nual Chal­lengers’ Cup se­ries.

As its name sug­gests, the se­ries is de­signed to chal­lenge crews with a com­bi­na­tion of dif­fer­ent bay races, in­clud­ing sprints of short wind­ward and lee­ward legs and mul­ti­ple spin­naker runs. The speedy mul­ti­hull

Mor­ti­cia was fi­nally on the wa­ter in Di­vi­sion 1, and showed her prow­ess on the trape­zoid course.

Mor­ti­cia in­evitably tri­umphed over Pete Mil­lar’s

Quick Skips, com­plet­ing the race in an hour-and-a-half.

In Di­vi­sion 2, the Twis­ter crew were ex­cited to try out their new head­sail ahead of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club Air­lie Beach Race Week, but ran into dif­fi­cul­ties when it re­fused to un­furl.

Af­ter send­ing a crew mem­ber up the mast to sort out the drama, the boat was late to the start and was re­stricted in putting her spin­naker up. With Reig­ni­tion scor­ing a Did Not Fin­ish, it was Trea­sure VIII who took the line hon­ours win a com­fort­able 10 min­utes over the fleet.

Nonethe­less the Trea­sure crew were un­able to out­sail Cross­bow on hand­i­cap. Two boats lined up in Di­vi­sion 3, with High Tide and Anthea bat­tling for the podium win.

The two re­mained close all af­ter­noon, with a two-minute split at the fin­ish in High Tide’s favour, although it was Anthea who claimed the podium win.

With the sail­ing club’s 26th an­nual Race Week just around the cor­ner, this was the fi­nal tune-up race for skip­pers and crews who will be get­ting their boats re­gatta-ready and look­ing for­ward to a great week of rac­ing on Pi­o­neer Bay.

Club twi­light rac­ing will re­sume on Au­gust 19 and con­tinue af­ter that as usual to the end of the month.

The next big event on the hori­zon af­ter Race Week is the Great Whit­sun­day Fun Race on Septem­ber 5.

The fi­nal race in the Chal­lenger’s Cup se­ries has been sched­uled for Sun­day, Septem­ber 20.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the club’s rac­ing and so­cial pro­gram, visit the web­site at www.whit­sun­day­sail­ing­club.com.au.

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