Gusty winds throw up a challenge
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.