Over­drive takes all at Twi­light but Twis­ter picks wrong dance

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT | ON THE WATER -

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.

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