Off beach win­ners to be de­cided in a week

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

WITH only one week re­main­ing in the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s off beach sum­mer se­ries, all par­tic­i­pants were very keen to per­form well and earn points last week­end.

Con­di­tions were tricky, with the south-east winds in­creas­ing from 10 knots to gusts of 25 knots at times

Luke Mairs won the first race but a bro­ken univer­sal joint on his rud­der put him out of fur­ther con­tention for the day.

Hamish Swain, sail­ing a Laser 4.7, fought it out around the course with Cam Brown, sail­ing a Laser ra­dial rig.

It was an evenly matched con­test, with Hamish win­ning race 2 and Cam win­ning race 3.

Ned Sleight, Tessa Mun­ster and Stu­art Ap­ple­gate cap­sized sev­eral times but all three man­aged to sail their boats very well around the course.

In the Ju­nior di­vi­sion, Seabreea Mil­liken won race 1 while Erin Ap­ple­gate won races 2 and 3.

Zac Sleight was well in con­tention un­til he cap­sized down­wind. Zac nonethe­less man­aged to right his boat and fin­ished all three races.

Train­ing and rac­ing con­tin­ues at the end of this week, with a bar­be­cue and pre­sen­ta­tions for the sum­mer se­ries on the lawns of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

GUSTY CON­DI­TIONS: It was a blus­tery start for the off beach rac­ers.

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