Twi­light sailors fly around the course

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THE Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s Wed­nes­day fleet was greeted with a very lumpy north­west­erly for last week’s twi­light race.

Turn­ing Point was the only mul­ti­hull and with the strong breeze was soon fly­ing a hull, speed­ing around the course in just over three-quar­ters of an hour and prov­ing an im­pres­sive sight.

It was a tightly con­tested start in Divi­sion 2, with QMS forced to re-start and Reigni

tion be­ing pushed over be­fore the hooter, giv­ing an On Course Start and forc­ing dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

The crew of Wob­bly Boot po­si­tioned them­selves per­fectly, tak­ing the Doyles Sails Best Start award.

Trea­sure VIII picked the right side of the course al­low­ing the crew to hold off ri­val

QMS, and fin­ish­ing ex­actly three min­utes ahead, with

Twis­ter an­other two min­utes

be­hind.

Mas­quer­ade snatched the

best start off High Tide, but was un­able to hold the lead, and High Tide soon pulled away from the fleet, fin­ish­ing a com­fort­able five min­utes ahead.

Rossgo and Riff Raff en­joyed some close rac­ing. The stronger breeze worked in

Riff Raff’s favour how­ever, giv­ing the crew the podium win.

Un­for­tu­nately, the first Bendigo Bank Off Shore race planned for last Satur­day had to be post­poned due to the se­vere weather warn­ings is­sued on Fri­day.

“We hate hav­ing to post­pone our week­end rac­ing” Rear Com­modore Off Shore Kevin Fog­a­rty said.

“But when the Har­bour Mas­ter is­sued a warn­ing, we had to con­sider the safety of the fleet and it was pru­dent to post­pone. We will def­i­nitely re-run this race as soon as we can.”

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