Slow race for yachties
Reduced course for twilighters
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.
LIGHT AIRS: The twilight racing fleet rounding a mark on Pioneer Bay.