The view from aboard Lóco during the Airlie Beach Race week.
The view from aboard Lóco during the Airlie Beach Race week. Submitted

All at sea in calm waters

DAY six of Airlie Beach Race Week proved to be a touch too light for sailing with the fleet sitting on the glass waiting for the wind to blow.

Gladstone sailors Jon and Jeanine Drummond never got to finish their final race but were pleased with their third-place finish.

Guilty Pleasure III took out the line honours overall for the Super 30s division with Rock N Roll second and the Gladstone team on Lóco placing third.

“We had mostly light weather conditions through the week, with a few delayed starts, as we waited for the sea breezes to fill,” Jon Drummond said.

“On the last day we had yet another postponed start, and very still and humid conditions.

“After an hour and a half of tough sailing upwind in light conditions and getting a jump on the eventual winner Guilty Pleasures, the race committee abandoned the race, and our chances of a second place for Lóco.

“Instead, we were very pleased with our third place, only 4.5 points behind the winner, and 14 points ahead of fourth.”

2010 was the first time the Super 30s had competed in Airlie Beach Race Week.

The Super 30 class has a high-performance keel and boats measure up to 9.75m (32 feet).

They have big spinnakers and used to be called Junior Offshore boats. The Super 30s excel in strong trade-wind breezes.

The Drummonds and Lóco held third position for the majority of the week, placing second and third in most of their 10 races.

“We had seven Gladstone locals sailing onboard Lóco, Jeanine and Jon Drummond, Brad Stewart, Meg Bodenstaff, Ben Miers, Jordi Oakley and Ben Cross,” Jeanine said. “This was our first regatta, and we have only had Lóco since June this year, so are very happy with our results.

“We are looking forward to the Gladstone sailing season starting shortly and being able to get lots more time on the water and practise in, with the goal of competing in the Farr 30 Nationals in Brisbane next year.”



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