Blown out of the wa­ter

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER SPORT -

THE Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club had no choice other than to can­cel last week’s Whit­sun­day Twi­light Race, fol­low­ing a gale wind warn­ing which was is­sued by the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy.

This has had a flow on ef­fect on over­all and monthly re­sults and caused a change in the pro­gram in com­ing weeks.

Or­di­nar­ily, sail­ing re­sults are based on four Wed­nes­day races each month.

Be­cause this month has five Wed­nes­days, the fifth race was ini­tially planned as a pur­suit start con­test.

Pur­suit races give slower ves­sels a time hand­i­cap by al­low­ing them to have a time head­start start over quicker boats which start later based on past per­for­mances.

Due to the can­cel­la­tion last week, the pur­suit race will not go ahead for the last Wed­nes­day of May and will be re­placed with race four.

The win­ner in each divi­sion will re­ceive a tro­phy pre­sented by Whit­sun­day Dis­count Marine.

The Wed­nes­day twi­light rac­ing will con­tinue each week from 4.30pm, with op­por­tu­ni­ties to crew on a yacht avail­able to the pub­lic.

Any­one in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved are re­quired to meet at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club from 3pm.

The Sun­set Bay race which was sched­uled for Satur­day will also be post­poned due to the num­ber of dam­aged boats un­able to com­pete.

The next cruise rally or­gan­ised by the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club will be held on Satur­day June 3, start­ing at 10am.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CRUIS­ING: The next Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club cruise rally will take place in June.

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