Shad­ow­fax takes mul­ti­hull vic­tory

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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