OUT AND ABOUT: Whitsunday Sailing Club sailors Eva Lorenz and Brendan Hoffman trying to make the most of the light breezes on Pioneer Bay on Sunday.
OUT AND ABOUT: Whitsunday Sailing Club sailors Eva Lorenz and Brendan Hoffman trying to make the most of the light breezes on Pioneer Bay on Sunday.

Close race in light breeze

WHITSUNDAY Sailing Club held their first of three progressive races on Sunday as nine boats took to the water in Pioneer Bay.

The event was held instead of the usual off-beach racing as a bit of a challenge for the sailors. Principal race officer Tim Parker said the boats took off at pre-determined intervals according to their handicap.

"The count down started at 20 minutes," he said.

"With the lasers handicap starting at 13 minutes, and the 420’s was four minutes.

"The tasers had the hardest chase as they started at 20." With light breezes proving to be an advantage for some boats, others struggled to keep up on the bay.

"The boats finished within four minutes of one another, which isn’t too bad," Parker said.

"The breeze certainly helped the lasers get home, but there would have been a different outcome had there been more wind.

"If it works right they should all finish together."

Parker said the optimists were graded differently to the other sailors because of their age and size.

Rear off-beach commodore Roger Stewart said the club was now working towards the June long-weekend and People’s Day.

"Come-and-try will be on then and people are more than welcome to come along and give it a go," he said.

"We would love to see more people out there giving sailing a go." 


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