Big field lines up for Twilight race
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.
BEST START: Treasure VIII won the Doyle Sails best start.