Quickskips wins Div 1
Light winds make for long course in Twilight racing
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.
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.
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 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.
START LINE: Twister and Dehler Magic line up for the start of the 2017 Warri Cup.