Twilight racers keen for a start
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.