Wild Thing scores as hulls fly in the twi­light

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

WITH 20 knots blow­ing on the bay, Keith Roberts’ Wild

Thing was an im­pres­sive sight fly­ing hulls for the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s Twi­light Se­ries last week.

Roberts com­pleted the course in just over 45 min­utes.

Mean­while Wob­bly Boot and Reig­ni­tion picked the start line bias, and crossed the fleet on port tack, with

Wob­bly Boot claim­ing the Whit­sun­day In­dus­trial Ser­vices spon­sored best start award, which gave it the hand­i­cap edge to also take the top podium win.

The crew of Twis­ter ex­pe­ri­enced some dra­mas on the first leg, when the web­bing on their head­sail clew broke, forc­ing a fast sail change to their num­ber four.

Un­for­tu­nately this in­ci­dent proved too much of an ob­sta­cle to re­cover from,

forc­ing them to the back of the fleet.

Wob­bly Boot, Huahine and Merit en­joyed a tight tac­ti­cal bat­tle, with un­der 30 sec­onds be­tween them on the fin­ish line, plac­ing Merit on the podium once hand­i­caps were al­lo­cated.

Shan­non Hart once again po­si­tioned High Tide per­fectly on the start line and con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate the race, fin­ish­ing a com­fort­able two min­utes ahead of his near­est ri­val, Syn­chronic­ity.

Mas­quer­ade took the fight to Kameruka, and while un­able to beat him over the line, pushed hard enough to take out the top podium po­si­tion. Pre­sen­ta­tions were held at the sail­ing club, with friendly rib­bing and couple of rums at the bar.

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