A chal­lenge on the wa­ter for cruis­ers

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THE cruis­ing di­vi­sion of Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club started their fifth cruise race in blus­tery winds that ex­ceeded 25 knots on Wednesday, in com­plete con­trast to last week’s race.

Over­cast skies and lumpy seas made for dif­fi­cult con­di­tions for sailors con­test­ing Race Five of the se­ries. The rules were quite sim­ple: get to Cid Har­bour as quickly as pos­si­ble. A small fleet of six boats took on the chal­lenge.

Some boats chose to sail through Un­safe Pas­sage, which sep­a­rates North and South Molle Is­lands, while oth­ers chose to go around the top of North Molle Is­land, be­fore head­ing over to Cid Is­land. All routes even­tu­ally led to Cid Har­bour but first to ar­rive at the des­ti­na­tion was Yan­deena (Mick Wright) from Riff Raff (Dan White). Pre­sen­ta­tions were held on board Joshua C (Robin Cooke), with fi­nal honours – af­ter a com­pli­cated hand­i­cap- ping sys­tem – be­ing pre­sented to Ever Ready (Titch Tim­mer­mans), in their first-ever cruis­ing event en­try from Kin

chegha (Terry Dees) and Yan­deena.

CRUISIN’: Yachts in race 5 on their way to Cid Har­bour in blus­tery con­di­tions last Wednesday.

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