One more corporate challenge to go
A RECORD number of entrants took to Pioneer Bay for the Whitsunday Sailing Club's third race in the Voice2Net Corporate Sailing Challenge held on Saturday afternoon.
Race director Steve Watson said the competing banks were equally divided, with three National Australia Bank and three Westpac crews spread across six of the club's boats.
Watson said the corporate challenge was a unique series where the traditional rules of sailing did not apply.
"There's a handicapping system, which is at the discretion of the race director and we [then] award and subtract points for a variety of things - for example points are awarded for the best dressed boat and penalties apply for silly manoeuvres," he said.
Participants sailed a typical twilight course with no spinnakers allowed.
"We wanted to make it easy for the novices and also give them the chance to know what our twilight courses are like," Watson said.
Saturday's challenge took place in light north-easterly winds with the breeze picking up slightly as the race continued on.
Inter-financial institution and cross-branch rivalry extended to the waters with crews employing all manners of tactics to distract each other from the tasks at hand.
Eventually the race director's discretion prevailed, with Questionable Logic awarded first place for the day.
Skipper Ben Johnston was full of praise for his corporate crew.
"The NAB crew were fantastic - willing to get in and get involved," he said.
NAB banking advisor Ben Gilsennan described the series as "fantastic. I enjoy the fact of just being out on the water and working together as a team," he said.
"There was a great group of people out there today."
The sailing club's inaugural corporate challenge series is set to conclude on Saturday, December 17, with the fourth and final race to be followed by a presentation dinner.
For more information, contact the Whitsunday Sailing Club on 4946 6138.