Annual Round the Bay yacht race attracted strong competition
LAST weekend all the region's sailing action was staged on the beautiful waters of Keppel Bay with the running of the annual Round the Bay race.
Hosted by the Capricornia Cruising Yacht Club of Rosslyn Bay, the coveted race often attracts a strong, competitive fleet and this year was no exception.
The first windward leg of the day's course directed the Division 1 fleet east from the start line to The Child Island.
A beam reach followed to a mark just north of Sea Hill, on the northern tip of Curtis Island, where sailors trimmed cracked sheets.
Crews then powered back to where it began for a fast finish.
Lex Moran's trimaran Doctor's Orders competed in this division and revelled in the conditions.
Speed was the name of the game in the second and third legs of the course where the Doctor made up ground lost on the slower upwind section of the course.
The crew sailed the boat with surgical precision but were pipped on line and handicap by Wild Spirit, a much larger racing multihull, for second place.
The ride was nevertheless exciting and some exciting footage of Moran's rig in action, including an entertaining commentary from Lex, can be viewed in HD on Marina Hobb's blog: pcscsailing-marina.blogspot.com/
In the cruising division the PCSC had two entrants; Brad and Maryake Barker's Tuan and Tim Straatmans' Dalukje, both of which sailed competitively.
Tuan crew member Lynne Campbell said she enjoyed the relaxed division's pace and was put in charge of crew morale - a job she took very seriously.
"I had to make sure that everyone onboard Tuan was well rested, so it was most important that we had a nap roster, just to ensure no one got worn out" she said, as she was teasing the crew of Doctor's Orders after their wet, wild day out.
Tuan and Dalukje respectively took out second and sixth place in this division.
Sailing resumes on Gladstone Harbour tomorrow with Heat 4 of the PCSC Club Championship at 2pm.
For more information see: gyc.com.au/