Rear commodore hit the water in a laser
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.