Overdrive takes all at Twilight but Twister picks wrong dance
AFTER last week’s drifting conditions, Wednesday afternoon saw 20 knots of wind from the south-east, providing exhilarating conditions for the Whitsunday Sailing Club weekly twilight race. By the time that the first starting signal was made, the fleet was already debating whether to reduce sail by reefing.
The two multihull boats on the water approached the starting line a minute early, causing some confusion for them and the race committee. Overdrive (Rupert King) soon recognised the error and turned back to restart, however Shadowfax (Miles Wood) kept going, immediately disqualifying themselves. Not that it mattered, as minutes later Shadowfax retired from racing with equipment damage, leaving Overdrive to complete the course and take all of the accolades.
In the racing monohull division, the fast starting Twister (Kevin Fogarty) took out the Doyle Sails trophy for best start, with Delher Magic hot on their tail. However by the time that the fleet got to the first rounding mark, Treasure VIII (Rob Davis) had taken the lead, never to be headed for the rest of the race. Close on their heel was Queensland Marine Services (John Galloway), and Delher Magic. In the strong wind conditions, the choice of sails was very important, and Twister had the wrong configuration, struggling at times to control the boat in a competitive manner. On corrected time, results were Treasure VIII first, QMS second and Twister third.
In division 3, Kameruka (Bob Beale) won the start, the fleet in hot pursuit. The normal battle of the trailable yachts ensued, with High Tide (Shannan Hart), Synchronicity (Tom Parker) and Masquerade (Tom Vujasinovic) in hot pursuit. In the mean time, another battle developed between the cruisers, Pacific Phoenix (Alan Sneddon) and Infarrction (Carol Roberts), while the slowest boat, Suzanne Marie (David Wintour) sailed well above her normal potential to take a well earned corrected time win. A good day for the heavier, cruising boats, with Pacific Phoenix finishing second and Infarrction finishing third.
Anyone interested in participating should be at the club from 3pm.