Light boats take control
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.