Twi­light sailors face light and shifty winds

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

LAST Wed­nes­day’s Whit­sun­day Sailing Club twi­light race had 15 as­sorted yachts turn up for a race in con­di­tions that abated in fe­roc­ity as the af­ter­noon pro­gressed.

From 20-plus knots dur­ing the af­ter­noon, the wind rapidly de­creased just be­fore the start, pro­vid­ing the fleet with light and shifty con­di­tions per­fect for rac­ing.

The rules for the day were that each boat was to be skip­pered by some­one other than the reg­u­lar helms­man.

The mul­ti­hull yachts were away first, with all four boats lin­ing up to­gether for a tight start.

How­ever, it was Over­drive (Ru­pert King) that won the start, head­ing out to the left of the course with Wild Thing (Keith Roberts) while the rest of the fleet went to­wards the beach and into lighter winds.

Wild Thing grad­u­ally got the bet­ter of the fleet as the breeze soft­ened even more, fin­ish­ing across the line one minute af­ter line hon­ours win­ner Quick-skips (Peter Mil­lar) and sub­se­quently tak­ing out the hand­i­cap re­sult.

Start­ing five min­utes later, di­vi­sion two yachts were all a bit slow get­ting away from the start­ing line, with QMS (John Gal­loway) win­ning the Doyle Sails tro­phy for best start.

Again in the dy­ing breeze, the fleet split, with Trea­sure 8 (Rob Davis) and QMS bat­tling out at the front from Wob­bly

Boot (Craig Pic­cinelli). On cor­rected time, Trea­sure 8 won com­fort­ably from

Twister (Kev Fog­a­rty). In di­vi­sion three, the light con­di­tions favoured the smaller, lighter boats, with Masque

rade (Tom Vu­jasi­novic) mak­ing the best of the start.

How­ever, it was light weather flyer Sar­dine that led the fleet around the en­tire course for a well-de­served win from

Kameruka and Mas­quer­ade.

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