Crews back at it post-Deb­bie

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT ON THE WATER -

IT WAS busi­ness as usual for the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club twi­light race last Wed­nes­day.

With a de­pleted fleet, due to dam­age caused by Cy­clone Deb­bie, the club was de­ter­mined to get back to nor­mal and demon­strate that Air­lie Beach is back in busi­ness.

While set­ting the tri­an­gu­lar course on Pi­o­neer Bay, the race of­fi­cers noted a ma­jor change in the wind di­rec­tion, caus­ing a de­lay to the start while the course was re­set.

A small but keen group of six boats ap­peared at the start­ing line, with three boats in each of Di­vi­sion 2 (rac­ing keel­boats) and Di­vi­sion 3 (trail­able yachts and cruis­ing yachts).

Most boats were still wear­ing some bat­tle scars from the big storm, with se­vere scratches and buff­ing, dam­aged life­lines and stan­chions as well as torn bi­mi­nis.

For Di­vi­sion 2, the start of the race was tight, with Trea­sure VIII (Rob Davis) tak­ing the hon­ours, and with it the Doyle Sails best start award.

Trea­sure VIII con­tin­ued to sail away from the fleet, with Dehler Magic (Char­lie Preen) and Twis­ter (Kevin Fog­a­rty) close be­hind.

While there was lit­tle be­tween the boats, it was a clear win on the wa­ter for Trea­sure VIII. On cor­rected time, how­ever, the results were re­versed, with Twis­ter tak­ing the ti­tle from Del­her Magic and Trea­sure VIII.

In Di­vi­sion 3, the usual bat­tle be­tween High Tide (Shan­nan Hart) and Mas­quer­ade (Tom Vu­janiso­vic) raged through­out the race.

High Tide won the start and the Doyle Sails best start award, how­ever, was pushed all the way by Mas­quer­ade.

In the mean­time, Suzanne Marie (David Win­tour) cruised around the course, well be­hind the lead­ers, but sail­ing her own race.

By the time that the fleet got to the fin­ish, High Tide built a lead from Mas­quer­ade and Suzanne Marie, but not by enough.

Af­ter the hand­i­caps were ap­plied, the win went to Suzanne Marie, with Mas­quer­ade sec­ond and High Tide third.

Rac­ing con­tin­ues each Wed­nes­day at Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club from 4.30pm.

Vis­i­tors are wel­come and should be at the club by 3pm.

For more info call the club’s sail­ing of­fi­cer, Ross Chisholm, on 0429 584 787.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BAT­TLE SCARS: Twis­ter back on the wa­ter last Wed­nes­day af­ter Cy­clone Deb­bie.

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