Applegate snares minor trophy
Off the Beach
THE first weekend of the Davenport series for off-the-beach boats had a small fleet in attendance, partly due to the May Day weekend.
Several regular competitors were away at a regatta in Tinaroo, while others made the most of the long weekend.
A couple of new faces turned up, fresh from their experience at the Whitsunday Sailing Club Easter regatta.
Of those, William Preat and Jesse Frisch have come straight out of the club’s Learn to Sail program, with William excelling by finishing all three races in trying conditions.
Also competing was the Sleight family sailing their corsair, with father Ken taking the helm in the first race, Ned helming the second and Zac taking control in the third race.
While both Ned and Zac won their races, Ken managed only second in his race, the family still taking out the overall win on the day.
Joshua Ekert, moving up to the senior division in his O’pen Bic, sailed consistently to take a win in the first race, followed by second positions in the other races, while Stuart Applegate managed three third places to take the minor trophy.
Racing continues each Sunday afternoon at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.
Learn to Sail
THE Whitsunday Sailing Club learn-to-sail program is back in business after the school holiday break, running each Sunday from 8.30am.
With a mix of Start Sailing 1 and 2 beginners and those stepping up to Start Racing, the program is suitable for children and adults wishing to sail off-the-beach dinghies.
Sunday had some testing conditions, with a gentle breeze interspersed with stronger gusts – enough to test the participants.
It was a credit to those on the water that there was only one capsize during the two-hour session on the water as participants practised steering, tacking and gybing.
The Start Racing group will be moving on to improving boat speed and sail trim in the next few weeks as they transition to afternoon racing events.
Each course runs for eight weeks, with some on-shore tuition prior to heading out on the water each week. Courses run from 8.30am through until 11am for $220.
For further details, phone Whitsunday Sailing Club sailing manager Ross Chisholm on 0429 584 787.
RACING: Zac Sleight in control of the corsair during Sunday’s off-beach session.