Zoe Auty steers Solitaire across the start for Lady Skippers Day.
Zoe Auty steers Solitaire across the start for Lady Skippers Day. Submitted

Ladies on water

THE women of the Port Curtis Sailing Club (PCSC) took to the waters of Gladstone Harbour on Sunday for the friendliest of races on the club calendar, The Lady Skippers Day.

Five crews turned out for the event. The new Mumm 30’ Loco owned by Jon and Jeanine Drummond, crossed the starting line first, followed by Solitaire, Upshot, Tuan and Fuzzy Logic.

Conditions on the harbour were lighter than expected, with a crisp 8 to 10-knot south-easterly breeze, and brilliant blue sky setting the scene for a pleasant Sunday afternoon.

The day celebrated the first official race for the newly formed PCSC all-women crew sailing Fuzzy Logic under skipper Clare Marshall.

Marshall, Maria Mohrholz and Sue Doyle have joined forces to campaign the yacht for the coming 2010/2011 sailing season and are using the winter-friendly races to become familiar with the yacht, and with the tasks of launching and retrieving the boat each week.

All three women were extremely satisfied with a fourth place in their first team result, despite having to sort out a few technical problems with the outboard motor. They were, however, unwilling to disclose how they resolved the problem with Mohrholz declaring that was, “secret women’s business”.

Loco was skippered by owner Jeanine Drummond, supported by Karen Miers and Michelle Jones. “It was fun; I steered the whole race, with no advice given (from husband Jon), while the men assisted,” said Drummond.

Loco led the fleet for much of the race. However, officer-of-the-day Lynne Campbell noted that Loco had sailed past several marks on the course which resulted in the winner’s chocolates going to Solitaire, skippered by Zoe Auty, ably supported by a crew of dad Rob, Dirk Beyer and John Lowenstein.

Muriel Strahm skippered Upshot into second, and Tuan, with sailing identity Maryke Barker at the helm, and an experienced female crew held that communication and delegation were the key, and employed three husbands for the hard work. The racing completed, crews enjoyed a social afternoon at the Gladstone Yacht Club.



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