A beautiful sail under moonlight
ON Saturday evening the Whitsunday Sailing Club weekend fleet braved dark and suspect conditions on the water for what ended up being a beautiful sail – one of the best for years, everyone involved agreed.
There was a brief shower of rain at the start, then the clouds rolled away and allowed the moon to shine and bathe the fleet in the cool glow of beautiful moonlight.
A perfect 10-knot southerly carried the Division 1 and 2 fleets down to their rounding mark, White Rock, while Division 3 took the more northerly route around Low Rocks off Shute Harbour.
The wind died down to five knots, as the spinnakers popped, slowing the fleets against the tide. The wind then built back to 10 knots, bringing home the competitors in timely fashion.
Line honours for the three divisions went to Overdrive,
Reignition and Masquerade respectively. Handicap positions had Overdrive 1st and Aeolus 2nd in Division 1.
Only seven seconds separated Reignition and Twister, with Twister taking the win in division two followed by Reignition in second, Wobbly Boot in third, Crossbow in fourth and Treasure VIII taking out fifth. The light conditions suited
Masquerade which took out first place in Division 3, with La Quilta in second and Anthea in third. Thanks go to Commodore, Stu Harris, who took out his boat to be the finisher for the race. Presentations were scheduled for Wednesday night Next weekend is the Marlin Marine series on Saturday and Sunday, which was postponed earlier this year. There will be a skippers’ briefing for this series 7pm Friday at the Whitsunday Sailing Club before racing gets underway.