Our corsairs close at nationals
THREE Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) boats were in the top five after three races at the 42nd National Corsair Championships in Airlie Beach.
Bruce Carter's ‘Well Lay'd' is sitting in third place with Dan Scott's ‘Thong' in fourth and behind him was Roger Stewart's Kimbo II.
These series standings were after race three on Tuesday.
With four races to go Well Lay'd crew member Jim Hayes said if his crew sailed well enough they could potentially get themselves into second place.
He said it would be unlikely to get into first place against the quality competition from Tocatta who is currently in first place skippered by Brady Lowe.
Also in the crew of Tocatta is multi-national corsair champion Aaron Hunt.
Despite the tough competition which have coincided with undesirable wind conditions throughout the first two days of racing, Hayes said that Well Lay'd have had their chances to get across the line in first place in the individual races.
He said it really has been neck and neck racing; between the top three boats as well as the second lot of four boats in each of the division one races.
In divison two (navy cadets) after three races (WCS) boat ‘Starboard Bow' is leading fellow local boat ‘Grey Avenger'.
Hayes said that considering these boats are racing without spinnakers, they are doing a magnificent job to be nipping at the heels of the division one boats in difficult sailing conditions.
In the youth championships, WSC boat Well Lay'd skippered by Klaus Lorenz is flying the flag for the club in first place after two races – with wins in both races.
Hayes said while the championships was going well, it was a little disappointing that boats dropped out before the nationals started and hopefully the winds will pick up in the latter half of the week.
Division One Results (after three races)
1st: Tocatta, Sandgate Yacht Club
2nd: Deciduous, Budgewoi
3rd: Well Lay'd, WSC
4th: Thong WSC
5th: Kimbo II, WSC
Division Three (after two races)
1st: Well Lay'd
2nd: Flamin' Goes
3rd: Starboard Bow
Division Two (after three races)
1st: Starboard Bow, WSC
2nd: Grey Avenger, WSC