Treasure VIII makes clean sweep
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.
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.