Bar talk over cup

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

EIGHT ves­sels com­peted in last Sun­day’s Whit­sun­day Ocean Ser­vices Chal­lengers’ Cup Se­ries.

Blus­tery con­di­tions with sub­stan­tial wind shifts made for dif­fi­cult rac­ing.

An ini­tial 40-de­gree shift meant that the leg an­gles of the trape­zoid course didn’t al­low spin­nakers to be used on all the down­hill legs and gybe sets were re­quired at times which cre­ated dif­fi­cul­ties for the crews.

To add to all this, a flat bat­tery on the com­mit­tee boat didn’t al­low for the race man­age­ment team to move the boat from the start lo­ca­tion for the top of course fin­ish.

The only so­lu­tion was to shorten the course and fin­ish the fleet where the com­mit­tee boat was parked.

But the com­mit­tee boat was not in the cor­rect spot for a stan­dard fin­ish.

Con­fu­sion reigned with only three of the eight boats cross­ing the line cor­rectly.

The in­trepid fin­ish boat crew de­cided to fin­ish the fleet so as to give a fair re­sult for all.

As ex­pected heated dis­cus­sions were the name of the game back in the bar. In the end the de­ci­sion was made by all to ac­cept the re­sults so the race would not be aban­doned.

SEC­OND PLACE: Wob­bly Boot, pictured in an­other race, took out sec­ond place in the Chal­lengers’ Cup.

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