Sailors enjoy Head of Harbour race, dinghy fleet grows
PORT Curtis Sailing Club patron and start official Barry Austin came off the water with a smile on his face after Saturday's Head of the Harbour race.
"The yacht fleet was small but crewed with an enthusiastic bunch of sailors, and the dinghy fleet is growing week by week," Barry said.
Additions to the dinghy fleet this season include Ray Hobbs, who decided to leave No Problem in the pen, and join Scott Patrick and John Ibell in the experience of single-handed class sailing in Impulse.
Saturday may have been hot and dry on land, but the gusty light winds and blue waters of the harbour were a refreshing and rewarding way to spend an afternoon.
The fleet of pacers, visible by their brightly coloured orange sails, had a pleasing symmetry as the fleet lined up for the start and streamed across the boat end of the line, sandwiched between the Impulse fleet and Peter and Christopher Mann on their new 125-class dingy, called Spinout.
The Division 1 yachts rushed the line with Miss Behaviour and Intriigue neck-and-neck; Rob Auty on the helm of his 30' Diamond, Solitaire timed a perfect start from the pin end crossing the line well ahead; Sonofabeach took a conservative approach before unleashing the catamaran's power.
Anthony Constance said he was impressed with Sonofabeach's performance.
"Peter Leask's catamaran, Sonofabeach really flew, and was simply too much for us, despite hoisting our biggest spinnaker in an effort to catch him. It was great competition on the water," he said.
Conditions were advantageous for the two multihulls, which beat the monohull fleet home by a good margin.
Results can be found on http://www.gyc.com.au