A beau­ti­ful sail un­der moon­light

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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