No plain sailing for club
MEMBERS of the Port Curtis Sailing Club (PCSC) set out optimistically on Saturday to compete in championship heat one of the new season.
It was certainly a day to be short of crew as yachts and dinghies lolled about in the glass-like conditions hoping for enough wind speed to get across the line.
Yachts manoeuvred around the club start boat Toot in the five minutes before the whistle blew, providing a close and colourful spectacle for the picnickers at Spinnaker Park.
Super Freaky found some speed to cross the line in first place with Froot Loop following close behind.
The yachts then diverged in various directions as skippers and crews worked on tactics involving calculations around tidal flow, tidal direction, wind speed or lack of it, weight distribution or if all else failed – tried something different.
Loco and Immigrant revelled in these light conditions, with Loco taking the early lead over Immigrant and holding her position throughout the afternoon.
The rounding buoy at Middle Bank caused the first grief of the day when Thylacine ran aground and sat for 30 minutes until the incoming tide allowed her to slip off the bottom and continue racing.
Fuzzy Logic with Claire Marshall, Carli Hobbs and Maria Mohrholz was the only yacht racing in division two, and despite completing the course, was seven minutes late across the finish and unable to achieve a result.
Similarly, half the division one fleet was unable to complete the course in the allotted 45 minutes allowed after the first yacht had crossed the finish line. They also were rewarded with a Did Not finish (DNF) for their three hours on the harbour.
The dinghy fleet looks more exciting this season with the advent of Danon Ware with his new Moth class dinghy.
This dinghy requires great skill to keep it upright, so we look forward to some interesting racing when the winds do arrive.
Results can be found on www.gyc.com.au.
Photos are posted on a new sailing blog site which can be found at pcscsailing-marina.blogspot.com/