Pi­o­neer Bay puts on ideal race con­di­tions

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT ON THE WATER -

ELEVEN boats took to the wa­ter for last Wed­nes­day’s twi­light race con­ducted by Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.

Sail­ing in three di­vi­sions, the fleet found 12 knots of breeze from the south-east, con­sid­ered by many to be ideal sail­ing con­di­tions on Pi­o­neer Bay.

The mul­ti­hull divi­sion be­came a prac­tice race for Ull­man Sails (Paul Mitchell), as they were the only boat in their class. How­ever, this did not stop them from com­plet­ing the 6.5 nau­ti­cal mile course in 39 min­utes at an av­er­age speed just un­der 10 knots.

In the rac­ing mono­hull divi­sion, it was the usual bat­tle be­tween the top four yachts, with first blood to Trea­sure VIII (Rob Davis), who won a close bat­tle for the Doyle Sails best start from Queens­land Marine Ser­vices (John Gal­loway) by the clos­est of mar­gins.

How­ever, hav­ing won the start, Trea­sure VIII then lost out on the first leg, firstly to QMS, then Twister (Kevin Fog­a­rty) and fi­nally to Del­her Magic (Char­lie Preen).

Hav­ing to claw her way back, Trea­sure VIII man­aged to get within strik­ing dis­tance from QMS, fin­ish­ing 30 sec­onds in ar­rears, with Twister a fur­ther minute be­hind. On cor­rected time, how­ever, Twister won the event from Dehler Magic and QMS.

In Divi­sion 3, it was Mas­quer­ade (Tom Vu­janiso­vic) who clearly won the start, but again was soon over­taken by the slightly larger and faster boats.

With the fleet again bunched close to­gether, bat­tles raged as first High Tide (Shan­nan Hart), then In­far­rc­tion (Carol Roberts) took on Kameruka (Bob Beale) for the best tac­ti­cal ad­van­tage. Ul­ti­mately High Tide won the day on the wa­ter, while Suzanne Marie (David Win­tour) took the hon­ours af­ter time cor­rec­tions were ap­plied. Sec­ond on cor­rected time was In­far­rc­tion, with High Tide fin­ish­ing third.

Rac­ing con­tin­ues each week at Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club, be at the club by 3pm to take part.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

OUT IN FRONT: Queens­land Marine Ser­vices leads the way in Divi­sion 2.

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