Twi­light rac­ers keen for a start

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

ON A bright sunny af­ter­noon last Wed­nes­day a fleet of 13 yachts ar­rived on the start­ing line for the Char­ter Yachts Aus­tralia twi­light races hosted at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

Due to ex­tremely low tides, it was not pos­si­ble to launch sev­eral of the reg­u­lar Di­vi­sion 3 boats, how­ever, for those who man­aged to get out on the wa­ter, it was an­other lovely, light south-east­erly breeze com­bined with blue skies.

Af­ter the wet and blus­tery con­di­tions of pre­vi­ous weeks the blue skies were a wel­come re­lief for com­pet­ing sailors in the twi­light se­ries.

Once again, there was only a sin­gle en­trant in the mul­ti­hull di­vi­sion, how­ever, Wild Thing (Keith Roberts) made the most of the op­por­tu­nity to tune the boat while en­joy­ing the com­pany of lo­cal and vis­it­ing crew.

A very en­thu­si­as­tic fleet in Di­vi­sion 2 saw the boats ap­proach­ing the start to­gether, but just a lit­tle too en­thu­si­as­ti­cally, mean­ing that they crossed the start­ing line a lit­tle too early.

As a re­sult, the race officials had no op­tion than to bring the fleet back for a restart. Sec­ond time around, and the fleet was much bet­ter be­haved, with

Reig­ni­tion (Charles Wal­lis) tak­ing the prize for best start and com­fort­ably lead­ing the fleet around the course in idyl­lic con­di­tions.

How­ever, the gap back to the fleet was in­suf­fi­cient to con­vert to a cor­rected time win. This en­abled Twis­ter (Kev Fog­a­rty) a sec­ond win in suc­ces­sion from Del­her Magic (Char­lie

Preen) and Queens­land Ma

rine Ser­vices (John Galloway). An­other keen start in Di­vi­sion 3 saw a bat­tle on the start­ing line as ev­ery­one tries to win the Doyle Sails best start award. Un­for­tu­nately, Sar­dine (Brent Win­ter) was just a lit­tle too en­thu­si­as­tic, and were forced to restart af­ter the rest of the fleet had started.

High Tide (Shan­non Hart) clearly won the start, how­ever they were so close to the start­ing line that they as­sumed they had also been pinged by the race of­fi­cer. This left an op­por­tu­nity for

Is­land Time (He­len Hen­der­son) to take a well-earned win on cor­rected time, with Mas

quer­ade (Tom Vu­jasi­novic) and Pa­cific Phoenix (Alan Sned­don) tak­ing the mi­nor places.

UN­DER SAIL: Reig­ni­tion with Charles Wal­lis at the helm leads the way in last week’s twi­light race.

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