ALL SMILES: Ben Miers takes time to flash a grin.
ALL SMILES: Ben Miers takes time to flash a grin. Marina Hobbs

Immigrant took line honours in PCSC handicap series race

AS THE sailing season draws to a close, members of the Port Curtis Sailing Club are making the most of every opportunity to get out on the water.

Last weekend's Handicap Series Race was conducted in near perfect sailing conditions with 8-15 knots of breeze blowing from the south-east, giving the Division 1 Yachts tight windward work towards QAL and comfy square runs back up the harbour.

The start line saw Jeff and Janet Paul's Immigrant, Dannon Ware's Wocket In My Pocket and Rob Auty's Solitaire muster abeam Spinnaker Park.

Immigrant and Solitaire battled upwind with their extra waterline length and momentum giving them the edge on Ware's Thompson design sports boat.

Immigrant took line honours, and the accolades of corrected time went to Solitaire after some delicate and precise spinnaker work downwind.

Doctor's Orders currently holds a firm lead in this series.

The dinghies had an eventful and competitive day completing a triangular course with windward, kite and reaching legs.

Coleen Sawatski had a successful sail, taking corrected time in both heats in PCSC Pacer John Joseph.

Series leader Maria Mohrholz and her Impulse dinghy Windspiel set a cracking pace, taking out line honours in two heats.

Jordi Oakley and Ben Miers took out the entertainment award for their spectacular sail onboard skiff Ray and the Crazy 88s which seemed, for the most part, to be flying though the air rather than the water.

One heat remains in the Handicap Series and is scheduled for May 11 at 2pm.

This weekend all of the sailing action will be at the 2013 Bay to Bay Yacht Race held in the Sandy Straits inside Fraser Island, and the Yeppoon to Mackay Ocean Yacht Race conducted up north.

PCSC skippers Lex Moran of Doctor's Orders (Bay to Bay) and Ray Hobbs of No Problem (Yeppoon to Mackay) are heading to these events to represent our club.

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