WINDS in every direction made for a challenging three-day race in the 34th annual Advanced Alarms Mackay Whitsunday Offshore Yacht Racing Circuit regatta last week, but Idle Time managed to take the winning honours on the line.
The first race course went from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island via Double Cone Island in light northerly winds.
Sandpiper came first, skippered by Colin Pruden.
Competitors then raced from Hamilton Island to Bowen on day two with wind patterns changing to almost every direction throughout the day.
There were patches of no breeze intertwined in the competition which made for difficult sailing.
Idle Time came in first in this leg.
Hamilton Mentor gave up the fight and unfortunately didn't finish this leg of the race.
Race three from Bowen to Airlie saw winds of up to 30 knots help the yachts back to Pioneer Bay, ensuring for some very close results.
Idle Time again took out first place by three minutes and was the overall series winner.
It was a photo finish for second place though with Sandpiper and Spirit of the Maid separated by only 0.7 of a second, with Spirit of the Maid sneaking in for the silverware.
This was the second time Idle Time has won this regatta in its eight years of competing. Skipper Kevin Fogarty said it all came down to luck on the day.
“It was a lottery and we had more luck than anyone else,” he said.
Mr Fogarty was also the event co-ordinator this year and said he was pleased to have some Hamilton Island boats in the competition. “This is the first time we have seen any Hamilton Island boats in it,” he said.
“We always go over there [as part of the race] but we hadn't tempted anyone to race with us before now.”
1st: Idle Time
4th: Spirit of the Maid
5th: Questionable Logic
6th: Hamilton Mentor
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