Final race for Port Curtis Sailing Club's fleet for the year
IT WAS thrills and spills for dinghies and yachts alike last Saturday with the final race of the Port Curtis Sailing Club's first sprint series for the year.
Good fleet numbers joined together in the two divisions relishing the great sailing conditions.
The sprint series typically works the crews of boats more intensely than traditional racing as the courses are shorter and require more sail changes.
This means foredecks are kept busy with spinnaker hoists, drops and repacks, sail trimmers are on the go wringing out every lift and gust for boat speed and skippers are diligently engaged.
In the Division I fleet Lex Moran and crew on Doctor's Orders took full advantage of favourable course conditions and won the series.
PCSC Vice Commodore and Doctor's Orders crew member Sue Doyle competed keenly last Saturday. "We had a great day out enjoying some good sailing and it was terrific to take home the win," she said.
Division IV was dominated by Morgan Lewis who sailed consistently in PCSC pacer Wind & Water.
Lewis impressed the fleet and officials with her performance across the series, achieving a fantastic result and Div IV series win.
In other news at the PCSC, last Wednesday saw the trial of a new class of high performance race boat by members of the club.
The O'pen BIC dinghy is a single-handed sailboat designed for teenagers and children who have mastered training dinghies and want a faster, performance-oriented boat.
The trial went well with four O'pen BICs sailed by members.
While they took a little bit of adjusting to due to their twitchy, lightweight nature, our sailors soon had them worked out.
PCSC junior sailing instructor Colleen Sawatski was impressed with the boats.
"I think they're great. Sailing them took a little bit of getting used to but I think they will be great for our juniors at the club," she said.
The yachts race in the first of the season's Fairway Buoy Races on Saturday.