Shadowfax takes multihull victory
AS WE move into winter, the weather in Airlie Beach improves and last Wednesday was one of the nicest days on the water for some time, with 14 yachts from the Whitsunday Sailing Club taking part in the weekly twilight race.
In the multihull division, Overdrive (Rupert King) won the start, but was soon overtaken by the slow starting Ullman Sails, who then continued in their dominant ways to control the race, finishing some 15 minutes in front of the competition. A race long battle between Overdrive and Shadowfax (Miles Wood) saw the margin vary as the light south easterly breeze abated. However, the small but light Shadowfax managed to keep the upper hand, crossing the finish line four minutes ahead.
In the monohull racing division, a close starting fleet saw Treasure VIII (Rob Davis) take out the Doyle Sails best start from Queensland Marine Services (John Galloway). As the breeze became lighter, toward the end of the race, QMS got the better of Treasure VIII by just over a minute.
In Division 3 High Tide (Shannan Hart) won the start and immediately engaged with Synchronicity (Tom Parker) and Kameruka (Bob Beale). Also well suited to the light breeze was Masquerade (Tom Vujasinovic), the smallest and lightest boat in the fleet, while the heavier boats suffered in the conditions. Synchronicity finished in front on both line honours and corrected time while on corrected time, it was Masquerade who finished second with Kameruka third. boat on the water for Sunday’s off the beach racing at Whitsunday Sailing Club.
William Preat, who only started sailing last year, has now progressed from the Opti-tacker in which he learned to sail, to a O’pen Bic. William has been one of Whitsunday Sailing Club’s success stories, progressing from beginner to racer at the Sail Airlie Easter regatta.
From there, with Jesse Frische and Eden Humphrey, he has been racing each Sunday afternoon.
In the junior division, the results were mixed with Joshua Ekert taking three wins from three races (3 points), while Eden Humphrey managed the best of the rest with a second and two thirds (8 points) from William with a second, a third and a fourth (9 points) and Jesse on 10 points with the lowest score winning.
PORT TACK: Alan and Jean Sneddon sailing their tasar from the Whitsunday Sailing Club.