Fleet flies on full moon
TWILIGHT RACING: After a few weeks of constant northerly breeze, it was nice to get back to a 10 knot south easterly for last week’s Wednesday twilight race conducted by Whitsunday Sailing Club.
With a fleet of 18 boats competing in the event, there were smiles all around as the fleet gathered in preparation for the 4.30pm start.
As a full moon was expected to rise before the fleet finished, there was added interest, particularly from the visitors who were experiencing a yacht race for the first time.
First away, as usual, were the multihull yachts (catamarans and trimarans), with G’nome (Terry Archer) leading the way. King Canute (Luke Mairs), while ineligible to compete, used the opportunity to practice in preparation for the A Class catamaran world championship next month, speeding around the course.
Even though starting late,
Shadowfax (Miles Wood) also made up time, pushing the G’nome all the way.
Too little, too late, as they say, with G’nome taking a well deserved win, winning by a two minute margin on corrected time.
The start of Division 2 was close, and while Twister (Kevin Fogarty) looked to be in the best position, it was
Delher Magic (Katherine Bowers) who aced the start, taking the Doyle Sails sponsored best start award.
It didn’t take long, however, for Treasure VIII (Rob Davis) to take control of the race on the water, leading the fleet around the six nautical mile course. Syzygy (Errol Goodwin), with spinnaker flying when conditions suited, made fast inroads, coming from the back of the fleet to finish only 90 seconds shy of the line honours win.
A close battle between
Twister, QMS (John Galloway) and Delher Magic saw the three boats finishing within 30 seconds after 65 minutes of racing.
After handicaps were applied, Syzygy ended up on the top step, with Delher Magic second and both
Treasure VIII and Twister tied for third place.
If the start of Division 2 was exciting, Division 3 was on another level, with the entire fleet jumping the starter’s orders, causing a general recall. Even on the restart, two boats were recorded as early starters; with Lama (Lew Tuck) and
Kameruka (Bob Beale) having to return to restart after the rest had passed.
Out on the race track, it was a big boat race, with
Aquatarius (Tom Parker) leading the way from Anthea
(Dewi Hughes) by more than a minute, while High Tide
(Shannan Hart) was the best of the trailable yachts a further two minutes behind.
Even after handicaps were applied, Aquatarius, the largest and heaviest boat in the fleet, finished in front by two and a half minutes from Pacific Phoenix (Alan Sneddon), with Lama taking the minor placing.
Racing continues each Wednesday from 4.30pm.
Limited crewing positions are available for those wishing to experience yacht racing.
To register and be a part of the action, arrive at the Whitsunday Sailing Club by 3pm.
GREAT SAILING: Infarrction, Lorna Rose Too and High Tide on the water.