Off­shore Club Cham­pi­onship cli­max

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER SPORT -

best in a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions, in­clud­ing strong winds over Easter, light winds in July and medium con­di­tions fore­cast for the week­end.

A va­ri­ety of races were also sched­uled, in­clud­ing the “Around Whit­sun­days” race, some off­shore races and some short races within Pioneer Bay.

An­other change from nor­mal is the pro­vi­sion of fixed hand­i­caps for all boats, based on his­tor­i­cal val­ues over the past three sea­sons.

Di­vi­sion 1, Go­ing into the fi­nal week­end, G’nome

(Terry Archer) holds a three point ad­van­tage over Ull­man Sails (Paul Mitchell), with

Over­drive (Ru­pert King) a fur­ther five points back.

In Di­vi­sion 2, Cross­bow

(David Lund) and Twister (Kevin Fog­a­rty) are tied in the lead, with Trea­sure VIII

(Rob Davis) only three points adrift. Any of th­ese are in a po­si­tion to snatch the ti­tle if they per­form well.

In Di­vi­sion 3, Anthea

(Dewi Hughes) holds a four point ad­van­tage over

In­far­rc­tion (Carol Roberts), with Lama (Lew Tuck) in third place, un­likely to im­prove on that po­si­tion.

The week­end’s weather will add to the com­pe­ti­tion, with light easterly breeze around 10 knots fore­cast for both days. How­ever, each boat has both strengths and weak­nesses in those con­di­tions, mak­ing for a com­pet­i­tive week­end.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ALL GO: Cross­bow on the wa­ter.

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