James Adam blitzes field in club’s off-beach rac­ing

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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