Gusty winds throw up a chal­lenge

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

Twi­light Rac­ing

A BRAVE fleet of 10 boats fronted the starter for last Wed­nes­day’s twi­light race hosted by Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

In con­di­tions that were far from per­fect, with winds gust­ing well over 20 knots and waves ap­proach­ing one me­tre, Over­drive (Ru­pert King) was the only multi-hull yacht to ap­pear. As such, by sail­ing the course, he ac­cu­mu­lated ad­di­tional points to­ward the monthly and ag­gre­gate prizes. In the mono-hull rac­ing divi­sion, the usual bat­tles raged be­tween Queens­land Marine Ser­vices (John Gal­loway) and Trea­sure VIII (Rob Davis), while fur­ther back the bat­tle was be­tween Twister (Kevin Fog­a­rty) and Del­her Magic (Char­lie Preen).

A great start by Trea­sure VIII was spoiled soon af­ter as equip­ment fail­ure cost them time, al­low­ing the fleet to get away. How­ever, a strong recovery soon saw them hot on the tail of the lead­ers.

Dur­ing the sec­ond lap, a few wind shifts in their favour saw Trea­sure VIII close the gap even fur­ther, tak­ing the lead as they ap­proached the wind­ward mark. Close be­hind, QMS kept the pres­sure on, while a sep­a­rate bat­tle raged be­tween Twister and Del­her Magic.

Af­ter hand­i­caps were ap­plied, it was Del­her Magic who took the trophy from Twister, with Trea­sure VIII tak­ing the mi­nor plac­ing.

In Divi­sion 3,the start was very tight, with Mas­quer­ade (Tom Vu­jasi­novic) tak­ing out the Doyle Sails prize for best start by the small­est of mar­gins.

A tight race raged af­ter that, with lit­tle to split the fleet and po­si­tions con­stantly chang­ing. In the end, High Tide (Shan­nan Hart) took line hon­ours from Kameruka (Bob Beale) by four sec­onds, with Syn­chronic­ity (Tom Parker) less than a minute fur­ther back.

The hand­i­cap hon­ours went to Pa­cific Phoenix (Alan Sned­don),sec­ond was Mas­quer­ade, los­ing out by five sec­onds.

Off the Beach

A GREAT af­ter­noon on the water on Sun­day saw an en­thu­si­as­tic group gather for the first races in the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club win­ter se­ries.

The ju­nior fleet had ex­tremely close rac­ing be­tween the top boats, with the plac­ings con­stantly chang­ing. In the first race, Zac Sleight took the hon­ours from Eden Humphrey and William Preat. In the sec­ond race, it was Zac from William then Eden. In the third race, Eden Humphrey took con­trol from the start, she fin­ished a clear five min­utes ahead of the fleet on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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