Quick­skips wins Div 1

Light winds make for long course in Twi­light rac­ing

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

ANOTHER very light north­east­erly breeze saw the boats com­pet­ing in the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club Twi­light race strug­gling to get around the race course.

Light winds and hu­mid con­di­tions made for a long race for the 18 boats com­pet­ing with the last boats fin­ish­ing just in­side the 6.30pm time limit.

Di­vi­sion 1

Of the mul­ti­hull cata­ma­rans and tri­marans, A Lit­tle Fuzzy (Miles Wood) made the best start, how­ever was soon over­taken by Ull­man Sails (Paul Mitchell), who, as usual, took con­trol at the front.

Fol­low­ing in their foot­steps, Quick­skips (Peter Mil­lar) slot­ted into sec­ond place, with the heav­ier Over­drive (Ru­pert King) strug­gling in the light airs.

Ull­man Sails were un­able to gain the advantage that they nor­mally man­age, com­plet­ing the three lap, 3.5-nau­ti­cal mile course in 75 min­utes, nowhere near enough to take out the race hon­ours.

That priv­i­lege went to Quick­skips, with A Lit­tle Fuzzy sec­ond, and Ull­man Sails third.

Di­vi­sion 2

In Di­vi­sion 2, Hay­wire (Brett Young) man­aged the start of the day, tak­ing the Doyle Sails best start award for their di­vi­sion along the way.

Again, in the very light con­di­tions, it was a bat­tle of wits and con­cen­tra­tion, as the fleet searched for ev­ery zephyr avail­able.

In the end, it was Queens­land Ma­rine Ser­vices (John Galloway) who made the break from Trea­sure VIII (Rob Davis) and Del­her Magic (Char­lie Preen) across the fin­ish­ing line, also tak­ing out the cor­rected time hon­ours from Hay­wire and Del­her Magic.

Di­vi­sion 3

Di­vi­sion 3 saw the best start go­ing to Mas­quer­ade (Tom Vu­jasi­novic), mak­ing the most of the light con­di­tions. How­ever, it didn’t take long for Syn­chronic­ity (Tom Parker) and Lorna Rose Too (Peter Mitchel­son) to catch up and take the lead, while In­far­rc­tion (Carol Roberts) and Is­land Time (He­len Hen­der­son) headed the keel­boat sub-di­vi­sion. With a few close bat­tles around the course, it was fi­nally Syn­chronic­ity who crossed the fin­ish­ing line first, with Lorna Rose Too sec­ond and In­far­rc­tion third. Un­usu­ally, the line hon­ours re­sults and the cor­rected time re­sults were the same.

Rac­ing con­tin­ues each Wednesday at 4.30pm.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

START LINE: Twis­ter and Dehler Magic line up for the start of the 2017 Warri Cup.

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