Strong winds a test
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.