Rear com­modore hit the water in a laser

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

UN­LIKE the pre­vi­ous week, there was a pleas­ant 10 knots of wind blow­ing on Sun­day for both learn to sail classes and off the beach rac­ing at Whitsunday Sail­ing Club.

The con­di­tions in the morn­ing were chal­leng­ing for those par­tic­i­pat­ing in the club’s learn to sail pro­gram.

In the af­ter­noon, a strong fleet turned up for the rac­ing, in what turned out to be great sail­ing weather.

The ju­nior di­vi­sion saw mixed re­sults for Zac Sleight, sail­ing an opti-tacker and Joshua King, sail­ing a sabot. While Josh won all three races on the water, on cor­rected time the re­sults went Zac’s way, with two firsts and a sec­ond, to Josh’s two sec­onds and a first. Fur­ther back, bat­tles raged be­tween Wil­liam Preat, sail­ing an o’pen bic (4,3,3), Jesse Frisch sail­ing a tacker (3,4,5) and Ned Sleight sail­ing a sail­board (4,5,5).

In the se­nior di­vi­sion, rear com­modore Ru­pert King put his rep­u­ta­tion on the line by rig­ging a laser full rig, tak­ing the chal­lenge from Luke Mairs and Dan Townsend. Also in con­tention was Josh Ek­ert, sail­ing a laser 4.7, which is al­ways hard to beat, as well as two club owned cor­sairs sailed by Greg He­witt and Eden Humphrey. It was Josh Ek­ert who won the first race, fol­low­ing up with a sec­ond and a third, to Dan’s two firsts and a sec­ond. Next was Ru­pert, a cred­i­ble re­sult close to the lead­ers, with re­sults 4,4,3, to Luke’s 2, 3, DNS.

In the bat­tle of the cor­sairs, it was three wins from three races for Greg and his crew, hotly pur­sued by Eden and her crew. In the end it was a case of ex­pe­ri­ence pays, as a cou­ple of tac­ti­cal er­rors cost the girls the op­por­tu­nity to take the honours.

UN­DER WAY: Eden Humphey, Anna Marott and Claire He­witt tak­ing on the boys.

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