Tough starts high and dry
“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.