Pioneer Bay puts on ideal race conditions
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.
OUT IN FRONT: Queensland Marine Services leads the way in Division 2.