Light winds for Twilighters
Ullman Sails takes win from Overdrive
A LIGHT northerly breeze on Wednesday provided the fleet some different conditions for the Whitsunday Sailing Club twilight race this week.
As the fleet gradually rebuilds, with many regular boats out of action due to damage, those who can compete are making the most of the pleasant weather, which is long overdue.
Only two boats were able to compete in the multihull division, with Ullman Sails (Paul Mitchell) taking on Overdrive (Rupert King).
These two boats are quite different, with Ullman Sails set up as a pure-bred racing boat, while Overdrive is set up as a cruiser racer, capable of long offshore cruising as well as club racing events.
In the race, Ullman Sails won the start and headed off around the course at a fast rate with spinnakers flying, while Overdrive sailed its normal consistent race.
Even after being lapped by its faster opponent, Overdrive continued to keep in touch as the breeze abated. Despite there being a 17-minute separation at the finish, the handicapping system, which equalises the boats, brought them within 20 seconds on corrected time, with Ullman Sails taking the honours.
In the monohull racing division (Division 2), Treasure VIII (Rob Davis) comfortably won the start, with QMS (John Galloway) and Twister (Kevin Fogarty) coming together to fight over the same piece of water.
As the racing settled down, it was Treasure VIII and QMS that set the pace, while Twister and Dehler Magic (Charlie Preen) had a similar race-long battle.
As the breeze died towards the end, and in fading light, Treasure VIII took line honours from QMS.
However, on handicap it was Dehler Magic who won the day from QMS and Twister.
In Division 3, for trailable yachts and cruising yachts, it was the smallest boat in the fleet, Masquerade (Tom Vujasinovic), that won the start but it was soon overrun by its faster compatriots.
Again, the fleet paired up for the race, with Kameruka (Bob Beale) and High Tide (Shannan Hart) closely matched, while further back a similar battle raged between Infarrction (Carol Roberts) and Masquerade.
On corrected time, the results were Kameruka first by five seconds from Infarrction.
Racing continues each Wednesday afternoon at Whitsunday Sailing Club. To get involved, head to the sailing club and sign up to join a crew on the waters of Pioneer Bay.
FAST CAT: Ulllman Sails under full power during last Wednesday's Twilight racing series.