James Adam blitzes field in club’s off-beach racing
THE off-beach racers at the Whitsunday Sailing Club enjoyed a beautiful winter’s Sunday, with light winds testing the fleet.
Race one started in a southwesterly wind and James Adam cleared out in front of the fleet, sailing in a laser standard rig.
Hamish Swain in a 4.7 rig saw a line of wind to the north and roll tacked his boat to find the wind.
In the end, no one was able to catch up to Adam after his great start and he won the first race, with Ned Sleight 17 seconds behind, sailing the radial rig.
In the junior division, Bonnie Syme, sailing an optimist dingy, finished just ahead of Zac Sleight, sailing an opti tacker, with Erin Applegate and Seabrea Milliken coming just behind the leaders.
The wind shifted to the west for the second race and there was a delay while the start boat reset the course.
Adam had a day to remember as he was also the clear winner of race two, followed by Hamish Swain.
Stuart Applegate, David Crowther, Ned Sleight and Jack Opie all performed well in the race.
Zac Sleight was the clear winner in the junior division, followed by Bonnie Syme, Erin Applegate and Seabrea Milliken.
A low tide of 0.16m at 4.30pm had race three called off.
GO: Off-beach racers look for wind at the start of race one.