Trea­sure VIII makes clean sweep

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

A SMALL fleet fronted the starter for last Wed­nes­day’s twi­light race at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

De­spite the less than per­fect con­di­tions, it was busi­ness as usual for the racing mono­hulls, with a clean start for Trea­sure VIII (Rob Davis) who just won the start over Queens­land Ma­rine Ser­vices (John Gal­loway).

A gap soon de­vel­oped be­tween these two boats and the next pair, be­ing Dehler Magic (Char­lie Preen) and Twis­ter (Kevin Fog­a­rty).

These pairings re­mained through­out the race, with the gap be­tween these boats vary­ing through­out.

In the end, how­ever, it was Trea­sure VIII who took the line hon­ours and hand­i­cap awards to make it a clean sweep. Sec­ond across the fin­ish line was QMS while Twis­ter took up a cor­rected time that was good enough for sec­ond.

In Di­vi­sion 3, a fast start­ing Kameruka (Bob & Mark Beale) took out the Doyle Sails award for best start and con­tin­ued on their way for a race-long bat­tle against High Tide (Shan­nan Hart).

Also in the mix were Lorna Rose Too (Peter Michel­son) and Mas­quer­ade (Tom Vu­jasi­novic) mak­ing a four-way bat­tle at the front.

Again, plac­ings were con­stantly chang­ing as the boats com­pleted the course, with the fi­nal plac­ings be­ing de­cided on the last tack of the day.

Line hon­ours went to Kameruka by 10 sec­onds from High Tide, while a sim­i­lar gap sep­a­rated the next two boats.

On cor­rected time, High Tide came up trumps with a cor­rected time that was 30 sec­onds bet­ter than Kameruka.

Off-beach racing

Af­ter a month-long break it is back to busi­ness on Sun­day for the Daven­port Se­ries, a four week se­ries of up to 12 races con­ducted on Sun­day after­noons. Com­peti­tors and those in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing should ar­rive in plenty of time for the mid­day in­for­ma­tion ses­sion.

The fleet is be­com­ing more di­verse, with a mix­ture of sabots, op­ti­mists, opti-tack­ers and O’pen Bics for the ju­niors, while the se­nior fleet in­cludes lasers, tasars, cata­ma­rans, sail­boards and sim­i­lar classes.

IN FRONT: Trea­sure VIII made it a clean sweep in Di­vi­sion 2 at last Wed­nes­day’s twi­light racing.

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