Light winds for Twi­lighters

Ull­man Sails takes win from Over­drive

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER SPORT - — Ross Chisholm, sail­ing of­fi­cer at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club

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.

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