Choppy sail for twi­light race

QMS takes clean sweep in twi­light Di­vi­sion 2 race

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Ross Chisholm

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.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

TWI­LIGHT RACE: Riff Raff on the water on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

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