Close ac­tion on wa­ter

Over­drive, Trea­sure VIII and Is­land Time all win­ners

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

THE usual bat­tle be­tween mul­ti­hull con­tenders Over­drive and Ull­man Sails was put on hold dur­ing last week’s twi­light rac­ing se­ries.

The only two mul­ti­hulls tak­ing to the wa­ter dur­ing the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s twi­light rac­ing se­ries last Wed­nes­day were Ru­pert King’s Over­drive and Chee­tah.

The tri-hull Over­drive took a con­vinc­ing line hon­ours win against Chee­tah and with a large enough mar­gin to also claim the hand­i­cap podium win on cor­rected time.

Still with many boats un­der re­pair, Divi­sion 2 (the rac­ing mono­hulls) boasted the usual four com­peti­tors, with John Gal­loway’s Queens­land Ma­rine Ser­vices tak­ing the bat­tle to Rob Davis’s Trea­sure VIII.

The pair re­mained close through­out the race, with John Gal­loway steer­ing QMS to a seven-sec­ond line hon­ours vic­tory over his ri­val, with Kevin Fog­a­rty’s Twis­ter and Char­lie Preen’s Dehler Magic en­gaged in their own bat­tle.

How­ever it was Trea­sure VIII who even­tu­ally took the hand­i­cap win over Twis­ter.

Syn­chronic­ity was the fastest starter in Divi­sion 3 (trail­able yacht/cruis­ing yacht divi­sion), tak­ing the Doyle Sails best start award, and re­main­ing in close con­test to Mark and Bob Beale’s Kameruka and Peter Mitchel­son’s Lorna Rose Too.

Kameruka proved to have the legs to pip the two on the fin­ish line. On cor­rected time how­ever, it was Is­land Time that took the points ahead of Kameruka.

Dehler Magic did not come away from the pre­sen­ta­tions empty handed, the crew was awarded the SML award for com­plet­ing the race with a keel cov­ered with mud from leav­ing the ma­rina at a very low tide.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WODSON

GOOD WIN: Rob Davis’s Trea­sure VIII took the hand­i­cap win from Twis­ter dur­ing the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s twi­light rac­ing se­ries last Wed­nes­day.

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