Twilight sailors face light and shifty winds
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.