Twi­lighters blessed with per­fect weather

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

A NEAR per­fect day greeted the keen fleet of sailors competing in the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s twi­light yacht race last Wed­nes­day.

Start­ing at 4.30pm, the fleet was fronted by 15 knot south east­erly wind, with flat seas to pro­vide al­most ideal sail­ing con­di­tions.

The en­tire fleet jumped the start with two sec­onds to go in an in­ter­est­ing start for the mul­ti­hull di­vi­sion.

The race of­fi­cer, Ross Chisholm, re­called the fleet.

How­ever only one boat, Over­drive (Rupert King) re­turned to restart cor­rectly.

The race of­fi­cer had no op­tion but to dis­qual­ify the other two boats.

That aside, Over­drive took off in pur­suit of Ull­man Sails (Paul Mitchell) and Shad­ow­fax (Miles Wood), both of whom con­tin­ued to race even though they were in­el­i­gi­ble for a prize.

Ull­man Sails pulled away from the fleet, lap­ping all, and still fin­ish­ing five min­utes ahead of near­est com­peti­tor, Shad­ow­fax.

How­ever, know­ing that he had the race in the bag, Over­drive sailed her own race, fin­ish­ing a fur­ther eight min­utes be­hind to take the tri­fecta.

Di­vi­sion 2, made up of the club’s off­shore rac­ing yachts, was a close race from the out­set, with Twister (Kevin Fog­a­rty) win­ning the start, and the Doyle Sails best start prize, and head­ing the fleet around the first mark.

Close on her heels was Dehler Magic (Char­lie Preen) and Queens­land Marine Ser­vices (John Gal­loway).

Up the fi­nal leg of the 10 leg course, it was Dehler Magic who made the most of the con­di­tions, fin­ish­ing 20 sec­onds ahead of the fast fin­ish­ing QMS.

On cor­rected time, it was Del­her Magic from Twister and QMS.

In Di­vi­sion 3 a fast start­ing Pa­cific Phoenix (Alan Sned­don) took con­trol, but not for long as the con­di­tions re­ally suited the lighter, more ag­ile trail­able yachts.

Al­though there was rarely much dis­tance be­tween them, High Tide (Shan­nan Hart) headed the fleet from Kameruka (Bob Beale) and Mas­quer­ade (Tom Vu­jasi­novic).

Pa­cific Phoenix kept the fleet hon­est, stay­ing within sight of the oth­ers, even though she car­ried an ex­tra nine tonnes in dis­place­ment.

By the end of the race, High Tide held a lead of just over a minute to Kameruka, with Mas­quer­ade a fur­ther minute be­hind, and Pa­cific Phoenix a fur­ther two min­utes back.

On cor­rected time Pa­cific Phoenix took the hon­ours.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CLOSE RACE: Dehler Magic, Twister and Queens­land Marine Ser­vices bat­tle it out at last Wed­nes­day's Twi­light race.

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