Ap­ple­gate snares mi­nor tro­phy

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER SPORT -

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED

RAC­ING: Zac Sleight in con­trol of the cor­sair dur­ing Sun­day’s off-beach ses­sion.

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