Ready for battle: Greg Mallett on Solitaire.
Ready for battle: Greg Mallett on Solitaire. Contributed by Marina Hobbs

North-eastly spices up sailing club championships

LAST weekend's club championship race didn't disappoint, with good-sized fleets in the dinghies and yachts heading out for a top day's racing on the harbour.

The five yachts, ranging from Rob Auty's meek but adventurous Solitaire to Ray Hobb's mighty catamaran No Problem, were set a challenging northeasterly course which kept foredecks busy on the varying points of sail.

Line honours in the big boats looked to be in the bag for trimaran Doctor's Orders but the team were pipped by Immigrant after a minor navigational error saw them sail a significant extra distance.

On corrected time, Solitaire took the race, followed closely by Immigrant, Tuan, No Problem and Doctor's Orders.

Solitaire and Immigrant are tied first on aggregate points in this coveted series, with Doctor's Orders trailing just five points astern.

In the dinghies, two heats were conducted with Tiernan and Anna Williams aboard Kissin' Dynamite snatching Heat 1 and Jack Paul and Martin Cooper in Golding winning Heat 2.

Eight races into the club championship, Peter Mann is now commanding a significant lead over the competition with his closest rival, John Ibell, trailing 11 series points .

Over the weekend, Ibell, with Scott Patrick and Maria Mohrholz, competed in the Impulse Class Nationals held at Lake Cootharaba on the Sunshine Coast. Be sure to get a copy of next week's write up for a report on their results.

This Sunday, the second last race of the year will begin with heat 5 of the Head of the Harbour series at 1pm.

For more information about the PCSC, see gyc.com.au/. See Marina Hobb's colourful and entertaining blog at pcscsailing-marina.blogspot.com/.

 



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