Big field lines up for Twi­light race

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

ONE week out from the start of Air­lie Beach Race Week, and the fleet from Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club were out in force for the weekly Wed­nes­day twi­light race.

With a 15 knot south east­erly wind blow­ing, it was ideal con­di­tions for a shake down be­fore the start of a ma­jor re­gatta.

In to­tal, there were 19 boats who fronted the starter for the rac­ing.

In the Mul­ti­hull divi­sion, there were only two starters, with Wild Thing (Keith Roberts) win­ning the best start award from Over­drive (Ru­pert King), and never to be headed as the two boats sailed around the six mile course.

These two boats have to­tally dif­fer­ent sail­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics, so the rac­ing was spread out, with the boats well sep­a­rated, two min­utes sep­a­rat­ing the fleet at the fin­ish.

On cor­rected time, it was a clear win for Wild Thing to take out the day, best start, line hon­ours and cor­rected time wins.

In the mono­hull rac­ing divi­sion, it was Trea­sure VIII (Rob Davis) who won the Doyle Sails best start.

How­ever it was Reig­ni­tion (Charles Walis) and Sticky Fin­gers (Luke Mairs) who soon took the lead.

Sticky fin­gers ran spin­nakers, giv­ing them an ad­van­tage on the wa­ter.

The usual bat­tle be­tween Trea­sure VIII and Queens­land Ma­rine Ser­vices (John Gal­loway) en­sued, this time the hon­ours went to QMS by 15 sec­onds, with Sticky Fin­gers a minute be­hind af­ter spin­naker hand­i­cap was taken into ac­count.

On cor­rected time it was Sticky Fin­gers who fin­ished first from Reig­ni­tion, with Twis­ter (Kevin Fog­a­rty) tak­ing the mi­nor hon­ours.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WODSON

BEST START: Trea­sure VIII won the Doyle Sails best start.

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