Torrential conditions for event
A TOTAL of six boats braved the torrential conditions on Saturday to take part in the Whitsunday Sailing Club Long Offshore Race.
It was the fourth race of the offshore series for the year, with race officers sending Divisions 1 and 2 north around Saddleback Island and Division 3 around Gumbrell Island.
This allowed competitors to make the most of the tides and breeze.
As soon as Cynophobe and J'Ouvert were out of the bay they were not only fighting each other to stay in the lead but also the 20-plus knot winds and sudden holes with no wind at all.
Despite these conditions, the two competitors were able to average 16-18 knots respectively on the course.
Questionable Logic pulled away from Bobby D in Division 2, but Bobby D proved that sometimes in a yacht race, tactics play a vital role, being at the right place at the right time can also be the case and the crew found themselves in a favourable wind shift.
Anthea and Riff Raff in Division 3 enjoyed a shorter course than the rest of the fleet that proved an advantage for them as they finished first over the line before the Division 2 boats.
With both boats similar in size, they were engaged in a close and tough race, with the lower handicapped Anthea claiming the overall win.
After five hours out racing, the crews were happy to be back at the club for presentations.
Division 1 - 1st J'Ouvert, 2nd Cynophobe
Division 2 - 1st Bobby D, 2nd Questionable Logic
Division 3 - 1st Anthea, 2nd Riff Raff