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