A dead calm for rac­ers

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

Photo: Keith Roberts

DEAD CALM: Drift­ing to­ward the fin­ish.

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