A dead calm for racers
LAST Wednesday’s Whitsunday Sailing Club twilight race differed from previous weeks for one simple reason – there was no wind.
However, a strong showing of 17 boats turned out for the race, which started with clear skies and a faint north-easterly breeze.
A short course was set by the race officer, in the hope that the breeze would build enough for the fleet to get around the course.
In the multihull division, it was Quickskips (Peter Millar) that won the start, however, with Sirocco (Marcus Arthur) hot on their tail, it became a battle of which one could drift the fastest.
At the end of the shortened (to one lap) course, it was
Quickskips that finished first by four seconds on corrected time from Sirocco.
In Division 2, the larger of the monohull yachts, it was
Bobby D (Ross Winterbourn) that made the best of the start, however the larger and faster drifting Reignition and the lighter and faster Wobbly Boot took the lead on the water. However, in the fickle breeze,
Bobby D stayed in touch to win on corrected time by almost two minutes from Reignition and Wobbly Boot.
Division 3 spread the fleet, after Masquerade (Tom Vujasinovic) made the best start. It was the smaller, lightweight boats that did best on the day, with Sardine taking line honours and corrected time.
DEAD CALM: Drifting toward the finish.