Series proves a challenge for crews
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.