Tight tussle for twilight sailing
THE first twilight race of the New Year was held in glamorous conditions last Wednesday, with 16 boats lining up at the start for a sensational sail.
Rum Raider and Wild Thing were competing for the multihull line honours and Scott Millar managed to get the jump on Keith Roberts and gain the best start for Rum Raider.
After a close tussle around the course, which saw Rum Raider finish a minute ahead of the red trimaran, Wild Thing was unfortunately scored a 'did not finish' after a confusion with how many laps they had completed, allowing Rum Raider to take a clean sweep of the prizes.
Division 2 was again the strongest fleet with 10 boats on the course.
Tulip quickly established a clear lead in the fleet but it was Twister who took out the top podium position.
Twister's crew were determined to repeat last twilight's performance and after a mid-fleet start, set their sights on pushing through the fleet. Ross Winterbourn's Bobby D fought back hard to take the third place just behind the Wobbly Boot.
In Division 3 Concubine and Breakaway had a close contest as each crossed tacks and covered each other around the track, with Concubine eventually crossing the finish line 22 seconds ahead. However, with the lower handicap, it was Hooter who took the podium win.
Division 1 - Rum Raider
Division 2 - Queensland Marine Services
Division 3 - Concubine
Division 1 - 1st Rum Raider, Wild Thing (DNF)
Division 2 - 1st Twister, 2nd Wobbly Boot, 3rd Bobby D
Division 3 - 1st Hooter, 2nd Concubine, 3rd Fargo