Whit­sun­day suc­cess

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER SPORT -

THE an­nual Ad­vanced Alarms spon­sored Whit­sun­day Off­shore Yacht Rac­ing Cir­cuit se­ries took place this week­end.

The three day, three race re­gatta is con­ducted be­tween Bowen and Mackay.

This year’s event com­menced at Bowen, where the North Queens­land Cruis­ing Yacht Club hosted the start of the event, with the night at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club, thence to Hamil­ton Is­land Cruis­ing Yacht Club.

The fi­nal leg, from Hamil­ton Is­land to Mackay, was can­celled due to poor weather con­di­tions, and the fi­nal leg was changed to a race back to a fin­ish at Air­lie Beach.

Satur­day morn­ing saw the breeze at 10-15 knots from ESE, en­sur­ing the fleet had a work­out to start and make their way past Glouces­ter Is­land be­fore con­tin­u­ing the up­wind leg to Air­lie Beach.

First home was Trea­sure VIII (Rob Davis), fin­ish­ing at 3.pm, some 15 min­utes ahead of Twis­ter (Kevin Fog­a­rty).

The rest of the six-boat fleet came in soon af­ter, with the en­tire fleet fin­ished by 4.10pm.

Cor­rected time win for leg one went to Nauti Lass Too (Nev Ed­wards) from

Cross­bow (David Lund) and

Twis­ter (Kevin Fog­a­rty).

Sun­day morn­ing saw both the wind and the sea state in­crease, with the wind in­creas­ing be­tween 15 and 20 knots, with a mod­er­ate swell on the wa­ter.

Af­ter a late night, it was all hands on deck for the 9am start to Hamil­ton Is­land via White Rock, fol­lowed by a de­tour via Han­nah Point at the north­ern end of North Molle Is­land, be­fore head­ing down to Hamil­ton Is­land.

Once again, Trea­sure VIII

headed the fleet to the fin­ish with Twis­ter a fur­ther seven min­utes be­hind. Third home was Cross­bow with Mis­tery (Bill Hop­ton) and Un­bealeiev­able (Colin Clark) close be­hind. Cor­rected time win went to Twis­ter from Trea­sure VIII and Mis­tery.

Mon­day dawned with a strong south­east­erly wind around 20-25 knots, con­firm­ing the sug­ges­tions from the pre­vi­ous night that the race to Mackay was not a wise idea. A new course was set, to the re­lief of all com­peti­tors, with the fleet head­ing back to Air­lie Beach, this time via Pine Is­land and Han­nah Point. Trea­sure VIII made it three from three, lead­ing home from Twis­ter and Cross­bow.

This race, how­ever, en­abled Un­bealeiev­able to demon­strate her down­wind speed, fin­ish­ing fourth across the fin­ish­ing line, con­vert­ing to a com­fort­able hand­i­cap win from Cross­bow

and Mis­tery.

Over­all re­sults gave the se­ries win to Twis­ter, with Un­bealeiev­able fin­ish­ing sec­ond and Cross­bow

fin­ish­ing third.

The Ad­vanced Alarms tro­phy for the best per­form­ing club, went to Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club.


AHOY THERE: Whit­sun­day Off­shore Yacht Rac­ing Cir­cuit 2018 Hamil­ton Is­land start.

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