Light airs forces short course
ANOTHER week of light winds saw the fleet of yachts in Whitsunday Sailing Club’s Wednesday twilight race sailing in a northeasterly breeze.
With the wind averaging only five knots, the race committee chose to set a short course of five nautical miles for Divisions 1 and 2, and 3.5 nautical miles for Division 3.
With no boats starting in Division 1, it was the turn of Treasure VIII (Rob Davis) to lead the fleet away, winning the Doyle Sails best start prize.
The usual battle ensued between Treasure VIII and Queensland Marine Services (John Galloway), with little to separate them around the course.
Further back, Twister (Kevin Fogarty) struggled in the light conditions, dropping well behind the rest of the fleet.
QMS finally got ahead to take a well deserved win from Treasure VIII by less than a minute.
On corrected time, this lead pushed out to over three minutes.
In Division 3, Masquerade (Tom Vujasinovic) won the start and led the fleet away before being overtaken by the larger trailable yachts.
In this case, it was Synchronicity (Tom Parker), Kameruka (Bob Beale) and Syzygy (Errol Goodwin) who headed the battle at the front of the fleet with little to split these boats.
By the time the fleet got to the finish, it was Synchronicity who took the honours from Syzygy and Kameruka.
On corrected time, it was again Synchronicity leading Rossgo (Greg Hammon) and Kameruka.
Off the Beach racing
SUNDAY afternoon saw a mixed fleet of “off the beach” boats competing in the weekly racing program at Whitsunday Sailing Club.
With light north-easterly breeze blowing, a combination of juniors and seniors took to the water for the second week of the Headingly Series, named after one of Australia’s largest sheep stations.
With four boats in the junior fleet, Joshua Ekert managed the best over the three races, with two wins and a second (four points), with William Preat close behind with two seconds and a first (five points), Zac Sleight third on nine points and Eden Humphrey on 12 points.
In the senior fleet, it was Alan Sneddon, back in his Tasar, who took control, finishing with two wins and a third (five points) from Stuart Applegate second with a first and two thirds (seven points), and Annabelle, a visitor from Germany, finishing third on eight points.