SETTING SAIL: Arcadia’s Tim McCall will have his yacht racing at full potential in this year’s Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, unlike last year when the vessel was without a spinnaker.
SETTING SAIL: Arcadia’s Tim McCall will have his yacht racing at full potential in this year’s Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, unlike last year when the vessel was without a spinnaker. Contributed

Arcadia chasing victory after last year's sail mishap

LAST year Arcadia sailed the entire Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race without using a spinnaker, a bungle leaving the vessel unable to use the sail despite having a new one on board.

After picking up the sail in Brisbane before the start of the race, the crew quickly found it had been cut incorrectly, limiting the ability of Arcadia in the 2013 edition.

"We didn't get it up until we started and were in the race," skipper Tim McCall said.

"We looked at it and it was a piece of crap."

Now able to laugh about the mishap, McCall is back for the 2014 edition beginning at 11am on Good Friday.

One of five boats that race regularly in Gladstone, Arcadia is one of the main contenders for silverware from the local contingent.

McCall is chasing victory in the IRC and ORCi Division 2, as well as a possible overall handicap victory.

"With the current weather, we will be in some time on Sunday morning," he said.

"If (the wind) does stay light, it helps us. The boat goes well in a light wind."

The winner of the Brisbane to Keppel ORCi last year, Arcadia will have eight crew on board, including two debutants.

The biggest worry for Arcadia seems not the race itself, but making sure everything is ready to go in Brisbane come Friday.

"We will make sure everything is right to go on the day," he said.



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