Dinghies dash down­wind

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

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.

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