All sails set for Montes race

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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