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