Sport

Sailors face wind challenge in third championship race

Siblings Tiernan and Anna Williams on board Kissin' Dynamite.
Siblings Tiernan and Anna Williams on board Kissin' Dynamite. Marina Hobbs

A SMALL flotilla of sailing yachts and dinghies gathered at the start line abeam Spinnaker Park last weekend for what was a challenging and exciting day out for the third race of the Port Curtis Sailing Club's Championship Series.

In the big boats, Immigrant, Doctor's Orders, Solitaire and NAP flexed muscle along the start line in building winds that, when combined with a running tide, generated slop and steep faced waves in the harbour.

An early retirement by NAP left the other three boats to fight it out in the challenging but fun conditions.

The windward and square downwind course combined with the aforementioned conditions favoured the monohull boats that were able to point higher upwind, cut through the chop and pole out their spinnakers for fast return trips.

Solitaire had another successful outing, winning on handicap but conceding line honours to Immigrant, followed closely by Doctor's Orders.

The dinghy fleet revelled in the 20-25 knot conditions with the breeze allowing many of the small vessels to generate a good turn of speed.

The competition in this fleet is gearing up mid season, providing an exciting action-packed spectacle.

The standout sails of the day came from Scott Patrick, who blitzed the fleet over the course of the day, and Tom Moran, who in a statement of intent was consistently hot on the heels of Patrick's dinghy throughout the first of the day's two dinghy races.

Sunday is National Yachting Australia's Discover Sailing Day.

If you, a friend or a family member has ever been interested in finding out more about learning to sail, the PCSC or the sport of sailing in general, come down to the clubhouse on Sunday from 9-11am where we will be giving tours, demonstrations and information about our club and sailing opportunities in Gladstone.

RSVP to sailingpcsc@gmail.com.

Racing resumes on Sunday at 1pm when the horn will sound to signal the start of the season's fourth Head of the Harbour series race.

For all the latest results in full, visit the Gladstone Yacht Club website at gyc.com.au.

Topics:  gladstone port curtis sailing club sailing



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