Tough starts high and dry

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

“The crew man­aged to rip their main in half and say good­bye to the last rem­nants of Brandy Creek Ferry.”

IT WAS Over­drive and Wild

Thing who con­tested the Divi­sion 1 start in the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s twi­light race last Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, with Over­drive the more suc­cess­ful of the two.

Turn­ing Point was 15 min­utes late to the start and in push­ing to catch the fleet, the crew man­aged to rip their main in half and say good­bye to the last rem­nants of Brandy Creek Ferry.

With Kevin Fog­a­rty back on the start boat, Twis­ter was again in the hands of his crew. Push­ing hard and cov­er­ing

QMS, Twis­ter man­aged to force QMS up and over the line be­fore the hooter.

Un­for­tu­nately dur­ing this ex­er­cise, they broke the line as well, hand­ing the best start to Dehler Magic and forc­ing them to re-start.

QMS dipped down to restart, but mis-judged the line, giv­ing them an On Course Start and a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

High Tide was de­ter­mined not to al­low Mas­quer­ade in on the start for Divi­sion 3 and was suc­cess­ful, plac­ing the boat and crew in an ex­cel­lent po­si­tion and lead­ing the fleet around the course.

Kameruka and Syn­chronic­ity en­gaged in some tight quar­ter rac­ing, with only nine sec­onds be­tween the two at the fin­ish in Kameruka’s favour.

With a strong breeze for the af­ter­noon, the heav­ier Riff

Raff en­joyed the con­di­tions and claimed the podium win.

Pre­sen­ta­tions were held at the club, where rear com­modore off shore, Kevin Fog­a­rty, thanked Craig Pic­cinelli for vol­un­teer­ing on the com­mit­tee boat while his beloved

Wob­bly Boot was on the hard stand for main­te­nance.

He also awarded the Stone Mother­less Last award – for the last boat or the big­gest stuff-up – to Pic­cinelli and the start boat. This was be­cause af­ter set­ting the course, they put down the an­chor and reached for a drink, only to dis­cover the esky was sit­ting on the club pon­toon. Need­less to say there was a quick dash back to re­trieve it.

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