Strong winds a test

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT ON THE WATER -

AF­TER a very quiet Sun­day morn­ing, with in­suf­fi­cient breeze to move the leaves on the trees, the wind set­tled in just in time for the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club’s Off Beach rac­ing pro­gram.

This weekly event at­tracts com­peti­tors of all ages, com­pet­ing in a range of both pri­vately owned and club owned dinghies.

Sail­ing in 15–20 knots of breeze can be a real chal­lenge, as sev­eral com­peti­tors dis­cov­ered. The ju­nior fleet de­cided that the breeze was too strong, and opted to head back to shore.

Like­wise, Bill and Jenny Mairs, sail­ing one of the club Quests, headed ashore af­ter a brief so­journ on the wa­ter, while Alan and Jean Sned­don also felt that the shore looked like a good place to be.

On the wa­ter, Hamish Swain and Ned Sleight rev­elled in the con­di­tions, sail­ing their sail­boards at high speeds around the course.

Both are in train­ing for the forth­com­ing Queens­land Youth Cham­pi­onship in a few weeks time, with their ul­ti­mate sights be­ing on the Aus­tralian Cham­pi­onship in Jan­uary.

Like­wise, Luke Mairs took the op­por­tu­nity to prac­tice on his A Class cata­ma­ran in prepa­ra­tion for the World Cham­pi­onships to be held on Har­vey Bay later in the year.

In the laser class, Jolan Pur­dell, sail­ing with a 4.7 rig, out­classed the com­pe­ti­tion to take two wins, show­ing his class by beat­ing his fa­ther in both races.

Si­mon Pur­dell strug­gled with a ra­dial rig, find­ing the ex­tra sail area and power a dis­ad­van­tage in the con­di­tions. Like­wise, Eden Humphrey man­aged a num­ber of cap­sizes on her way to fin­ish on equal points with Si­mon.

Rac­ing con­tin­ues next week, be­fore a break over school hol­i­days, dur­ing which club mem­bers will at­tend events in Yep­poon and Townsville.

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