Slow race for yachties

Re­duced course for twi­lighters

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT ON THE WATER -

A VERY light northerly breeze wel­comed the com­peti­tors in last week’s Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club twi­light race.

With a breeze of about four knots at the start, it was al­ways go­ing to be a slow race, with WSC sail­ing of­fi­cer Ross Chisholm al­ready plan­ning to shorten the course from five nau­ti­cal miles to three.

In the rac­ing mono­hull yacht di­vi­sion, a close start meant four boats turned to cross the start si­mul­ta­ne­ously, with Twis­ter (Kevin Fog­a­rty) just mil­lime­tres in front.

As the fleet sailed away, Twis­ter and Queens­land Marine Ser­vices (John Gal­loway) came to­gether, re­sult­ing in a penalty turn for QMS.

They then sailed to the op­po­site side of the course look­ing for a stronger breeze, work­ing back to sec­ond place be­hind Dehler Magic (Char­lie Preen) at the first mark.

Dehler Magic con­tin­ued to stretch her lead in the light con­di­tions, pulling away from Trea­sure VIII (Rob Davis), which man­aged to sneak past QMS. By the time they reached the short­ened course fin­ish, Dehler Magic held an al­most three-minute lead over Trea­sure VIII and QMS, with Twis­ter drop­ping well be­hind.

In the Trail­able Yachts and Cruis­ing Yachts di­vi­sion, it was High Tide that won the Doyle Sails Best Start award.

How­ever in a game of tac­tics, Mas­quer­ade (Tom Vu­jasi­novic) headed right, fol­low­ing the lead of QMS, look­ing for bet­ter breeze.

One by one, the en­tire fleet tacked and headed up the mid­dle of the course, with Er­rol Good­win’s Thomp­son 7 tak­ing the lead.

Be­hind them, a close bat­tle en­sued be­tween the three Club­man 8s – Kameruka (Bob Beale), Syn­chronic­ity (Tom Parker) and Lorna Rose Too (Peter Mitchel­son) – Kameruka win­ning the bat­tle by five sec­onds from Syn­chronic­ity.

On cor­rected time, the hon­ours went to Kameruka from Syn­chronic­ity and Rossgo (Greg Ham­mon).

Off the Beach

THE next se­ries of Off the Beach sail­ing races, the Head­ingly Se­ries, will be con­ducted across four weeks start­ing Sun­day, July 16, at 1pm.

With up to three races each day, rac­ing will be con­ducted for a wide va­ri­ety of boats and com­peti­tors, rang­ing from 10-year-olds sail­ing opti-tack­ers through to O’pen Bics, lasers, tasars, ho­bie cats and sim­i­lar craft.

Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club has a few boats avail­able for hire for those who have some ex­pe­ri­ence.

In addition, open­ings are avail­able for the next en­rol­ment of Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s Learn to Sail pro­grams.

These are open for ages nine and above. Adult classes are also avail­able.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, phone the club on 4946 6138.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

LIGHT AIRS: The twi­light rac­ing fleet round­ing a mark on Pioneer Bay.

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