Choppy sail for twilight race
QMS takes clean sweep in twilight Division 2 race
ANOTHER light northerly breeze greeted the competitors in last week’s Whitsunday Sailing Club twilight race.
With choppy seas affecting racing, the boats found the fastest way to sail through the waves while reading the best of the variable winds.
Shadowfax (Miles Wood) was the lone starter in the multihull division, using the opportunity to bring his son (Nic Wood) up to speed on sailing a Hobie Cat around the Pioneer Bay.
While it was a good training run for the boat and crew, being Nic’s first ever race on a Hobie 16, it still allowed them to pick up a trophy or two at the presentation.
Afterwards, Nic commented that it was the best fun he had had for ages, particularly hanging out on the trapeze.
In Division 2, being for racing monohull yachts, it was a great start by Dehler Magic (Charlie Preen), who made the most of conditions that suit the boat, picking the right side of the course up the first leg. Also revelling in the conditions was Queensland Marine Services (John Galloway), who soon took the lead on the water, sailing away from the fleet as the race progressed, and crossing the finish line over one minute ahead of Treasure VIII (Rob Davis), with Dehler Magic a further two minutes behind. On corrected time it was a clean sweep for QMS, taking out the major prize by exactly one minute from Twister (Kevin Fogarty), with Dehler Magic a further minute behind.
In Division 3, being for a combination of trailable and cruising yachts, it was Sardine (Brent Winter) who won the Doyle Sails trophy for best start, leading the fleet around the course for a line honours win. Behind them was Suzanne Marie (David Wintour), sailing a shorter course, was second across the finishing line, with Kameruka (Bob and Mark Beale) in front of Infarrction (Carol and Paul Roberts), who had a race long battle with Lorna Rose Too (Peter Mitchelson). After time corrections were applied by the handicapper, the major prize went to Riff Raff (Dan White), with Infarrction second and Suzanne Marie third.
TWILIGHT RACE: Riff Raff on the water on Wednesday afternoon.