All sails set for Montes race
SATURDAY dawned with light northerly winds for the Whitsunday Sailing Club’s race to Montes Resort.
These were not ideal conditions for the 13-boat cruising division, hoping for a nice run downwind.
The cruisers started at 10am, an hour ahead of the racing boats, and were sent on a shortened course straight to Gloucester Passage, whereas the racing fleet had to race around Armit Island before heading to the passage.
The cruising fleet had a 20 minute motoring wild card but most of the fleet did not use this option and sailed the whole way which was a big effort in the light conditions.
Many of the cruisers said this was the first time in years that they had sailed to windward with all their sails up.
The square rigged schooner, Joshua C, was a sight to behold, sailing in with eight different sails set.
The racing boats passed most of the cruisers by the time they reached Grimston Point.
Twister was running first at Grimston point, but tacked out early and ended up at the back of the fleet as the other boats came out on a lift.
This happened again but it was a case of third time lucky, with Wobbly Boot, Treasure VIII and Crossbow losing out and Twister eventually catching the lift.
The wind steadied by midafternoon and the whole fleet had a cracked-off run into Gloucester Passage from Saddleback Island.
Close results for the race fleet had Crossbow on the top of the podium, with Twister second, Wobbly Boot third and Treasure VIII fourth. Due to the complexities in handicapping the cruising division, their results were drawn out of a hat, with Yandina first, Skytrim second, Banjo Paterson third and Pelorus II fourth.
KICKING BACK: Participants of the weekend’s event enjoying the hospitality at Montes.