Light boats take con­trol

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

LAST Wed­nes­day saw light con­di­tions for the weekly twi­light race from the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

To­gether with a few reg­u­lars who were not avail­able due to main­te­nance or other com­mit­ments, the fleet num­bers were slightly down, with 14 boats fac­ing the starter for the 4.30pm kick­off.

In the mul­ti­hull divi­sion, it was Over­drive (Ru­pert King) who just won the Doyle Sails best start by a whisker from

Wild Thing (Keith Roberts). How­ever, in the light con­di­tions, it was the lighter, faster boats who soon took con­trol.

One of those lighter boats was Wild Thing who sailed away for line hon­ours and a con­vinc­ing han­i­cap win.

In Divi­sion 2, be­ing the larger rac­ing yachts, it was Queens­land Mar­itime Ser­vices (John Gal­loway) who won the start. How­ever, out on the race track, the fleet split evenly to the right or left of the course. Com­ing out of the split, QMS held the lead from Trea

sure 8, how­ever in the light con­di­tions their lead was not suf­fi­cient to con­vert to hand­i­cap places, with Del­her Magic (Char­lie Preen) tak­ing the hon­ours by less than a minute from Wob­bly Boot, with Twister only three sec­onds be­hind. In the bat­tle for hon­ours in Divi­sion 3, Mas­quer­ade (Tom Vu­jasi­novic) suc­cess­fully ex­e­cuted a dar­ing port tack start, cross­ing the en­tire fleet be­fore get­ting over­taken by big­ger and faster boats.

Again the light con­di­tions favoured the lighter boats, and it was no sur­prise that

Syn­chronic­ity (Tom Parker) came out as the line hon­ours win­ner.

How­ever, it was the mid fleet boats who did best on cor­rected time, with Rossgo (Greg Ham­mon) only one sec­ond ahead of Anthea (Dewi Hughes) for the cor­rected time win.

IN AC­TION: Lo­cal boat Over­drive, pic­tured here at a pre­vi­ous Air­lie Beach Race Week, was the win­ner of the Doyle Sails best start in Divi­sion 1 of last week’s Twi­light race.

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