Dinghies dash downwind
ON SUNDAY, much to the delight of all involved, the Whitsunday Sailing Club’s cruising division conducted their second ever Umbrella Downwind Dinghy Derby.
Although billed as a fun event, the racing was intense, with pride at stake between the seven dinghies that took to the beautiful water off the sailing club to compete.
There is only one rule: get to the finish line first.
With 12 knots of wind the conditions were always going to be marginal over the full course starting from Whitsunday Sailing Club to the finish line just off Abell Point.
The boats used were the normal tenders for yachts moored off Airlie Beach and the only (legal) means of propulsion was an umbrella.
Fifty minutes after the start the first boat crossed the finish line.
The winning dinghy was skippered by the club Commodore Stu Harris. Terry Dees took out second place and Barry Brackenborough rounded out the top three placings.
Other competitors had to manage such hazards as blown out umbrellas, entanglement in a fishing line and a withdrawal for a toilet stop.
Presentation of trophies was conducted after the event at Whitsunday Sailing Club.
FUN ON THE WATER: A snap from last week's Umbrella Downwind Dinghy Derby.