Twi­light sail trumps

Near per­fect con­di­tions for friendly sail­ing com­pe­ti­tion

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT / ON THE WATER -

SAIL­ING: Last Wed­nes­day saw pleas­ant con­di­tions with a gusty 15 knot wind from the south east.

With a few clouds hang­ing around, the fleet of 14 boats pre­pared for the bat­tle ahead, while the race com­mit­tee set a tri­an­gu­lar course of vary­ing lengths.

The two boats in the mul­ti­hull divi­sion had dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics, with Over­drive (Ru­pert King) be­ing the big­ger, heav­ier boat suit­able for cham­pagne cruis­ing, while G’nome (Terry Archer), a light­weight flier with zero com­forts for the crew.

Over­drive trav­elled best ini­tially, to take out the Doyle Sails tro­phy for the best start.

It didn’t take long for G’nome to take the lead and stretch their ad­van­tage.

At the fin­ish, there was five min­utes sep­a­rat­ing the two boats, with G’nome mak­ing ground on each leg of the course.

Af­ter cor­rected times that lead was whit­tled down to two min­utes.

In divi­sion two, the usual bat­tle at the front raged be­tween Trea­sure VIII (Rob Davis) and QMS (John Galloway).

QMS took hon­ours at the start, but was un­able to main­tain the lead.

Del­her Magic (Char­lie Preen) bat­tled against arch ri­val Twister (Kevin Fog­a­rty), with Twister tak­ing claim­ing vic­tory by 35 sec­onds.

Af­ter hand­i­caps were ap­plied, Trea­sure VIII took out­right hon­ours from QMS, hold­ing off Twister by just two sec­onds.

Fourth and fifth place were split by two sec­onds, with Syzygy (Er­rol Good­win) get­ting the nod.

Divi­sion three saw some ex­cel­lent rac­ing be­tween Lady Kather­ine (Gary Hughes) and High Tide (Shan­nan Hart), with first blood to High Tide as they took the best start award.

Fur­ther back, Kameruka (Bob Beale) had a lonely race, not quite quick enough to en­gage the first two boats, but ahead of Mas­quer­ade (Tom Vu­jasi­novic) and In­far­rc­tion (Carol Roberts).

On cor­rected time, Lady Kather­ine had the last laugh, tak­ing the over­all hon­ours by 30 sec­onds from High Tide and Anthea (Dewi Hughes).

PHOTO:CON­TRIB­UTED

LINE HON­OURS: Divi­sion three win­ner Lady Kather­ine on the wa­ter ear­lier this year.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WODSON

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